How to Extend the Life of Your Transmission

If your car were a person, your car’s transmission would be the heart. Whether you’re behind the wheel of an automatic or a manual vehicle, taking care of your transmission can significantly prolong its life. Here are some tips to keep your transmission healthy.

Warm Up
It’s never good to start exercising without warm ups. Cold transmission fluid can slow down gear engagement. Give your car a couple of minutes to warm up before hitting the road.

Keep Cool
Remember that high temperatures affect both your engine and transmission. Regularly maintain your cooling system to prevent overheating. Proper coolant levels and a well-functioning radiator are essential.

Push Park
Engage the parking brake, especially when parked on hills. Avoid stressing the parking pawl and other transmission components. A little extra care goes a long way.

Be Easy
Aggressive driving accelerates wear and tear on your transmission. Opt for smooth acceleration and gentle shifts. Even when your car is at operating temperature, avoid hard-driving habits that can shorten its lifespan.

Downshift Thoughtfully
Downshifting can prevent brake overheating, especially on hilly terrain. However, excessive downshifting can strain your transmission. Strike the right balance between engine braking and minimizing wear.

Full Stop
Before changing directions (such as shifting from “Park” to “Reverse”), bring your vehicle to a complete stop. Moving while shifting places unnecessary stress on your transmission.

Check Up
Even sealed transmissions require attention. Come see us regularly so we can check fluids and filters, replacing as needed. Proper maintenance ensures optimal performance and longevity.

Remember, a well-maintained transmission not only keeps your car running smoothly but also contributes to your overall driving experience. When you take care of your transmission, you extend its life, and the life of your car. At Norris Automotive, we’re here to help you keep your whole vehicle in tip top condition. Just think of us as your primary care provider for your car!

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