Don’t End Your Transmission

by Joe Ferguson on December 5, 2012

It’s widely known that an automatic transmission can be one of the most fickle and expensive components of your car. If not properly maintained, replacing or repairing an automatic transmission can be a rather costly endeavor.

Your automatic transmission is one of the silent partners in your car’s functionality. Because it requires less-frequent check-ups, its maintenance often goes overlooked. There are steps, however, that drivers can take in order to ensure they’re doing the most they can to keep their transmission in exemplary working order.

Be sure to have your automatic transmission fluid and filter changed regularly. Most owner’s manuals recommend that you have the fluid and filter switched out and replaced every 30,000 miles or so.

Automatic transmission fluid is designed to operate at high temperatures, but when those temperatures climb higher than 175°F, the life of the fluid, in some cases, can be cut in half for every 20-degree increase.

Changing this fluid on your own can be a tricky (and sticky) task to accomplish. Unless you know exactly what you’re in for, it’s best to have a professional auto service specialist handle the project.

Don’t make the mistake of neglecting your automatic transmission just because it requires less -frequent servicing and maintenance. Without these basic maintenance steps, you could end up spending a great deal more money than simply the price of basic upkeep services performed by professionals.

Every year, many people find themselves shelling out up to $1500 to replace an automatic transmission that could have been saved by basic maintenance.  Don’t let your car become another statistic. Have your automatic transmission checked and serviced to ensure years of driving pleasure for both you and your car.

 

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