Tips on How to Maintain Your Car's Transmission System


The transmission system is a vital part of your car. This is why it needs to be regularly checked and serviced. However, many drivers neglect to maintain their car's transmission system, which can eventually lead to costly repairs. If you want to avoid the hassle of breaking down or having to spend a lot of money repairing your transmission, follow the tips below.

Check the transmission fluid levels

You can think of transmission fluid as the blood which keeps your car alive. It provides lubrication for your clutch and gear box. To check the transmission fluid levels, open the bonnet of the car and locate the dipstick. If you are not sure where the transmission fluid dipstick is located, check the owners manual. You should wipe the dipstick clean with a cloth and then reinsert it and withdraw it again. Check that the fluid level is within the level shown on the dipstick. If it is low you should top it up. You should also check that the oil is a clean red colour and doesn't have a strong smell. Discoloured or strong smelling transmission fluid could signal a problem with your car.

Tune the engine

Your car's transmission and engine systems are very closely linked. The majority of vehicles use the vacuum created by the engine to control the transmission quality and hydraulic pressure. A mistuned engine can place stress on the transmission system and can cause serious failures. You should have your engine periodically serviced to ensure it is properly tuned.

Maintain the cooling system

Your car's cooling system doesn't just cool the engine. It also provides cools your car's transmission fluid using a heat exchanger attached to the radiator. If the cooling system on your car is not properly maintained, it can cause damage to your transmission system and reduce its lifespan. You should ask a garage to inspect your cooling system to ensure it is in good working order.

Install an in-line filter

If dirt and debris enter your transmission system, they can clog it and reduce its efficiency and lifespan. Adding an in-line filter to your car's transmission system can help to protect it from debris and dirt particles and will also help to keep the transmission fluid clean.

If you are concerned about your car's transmission, you should contact an auto repair garage who will be able to service and repair the transmission system. 


19 July 2016

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