Last time at Key Transmissions and Gears, we talked about 2 of the 5 most common mistakes that can ruin your transmission. This time we’ll finish up the other 3. Armed with knowing what NOT to do, you will be adequately equipped to ensure that your transmission lives a long and productive life.
As you may recall, the first two mistakes were not servicing the transmission and not refilling the transmission fluid.
- Using the wrong type of transmission fluid
Just as bad as not putting in the fluid at all, is putting in the wrong type of fluid. Transmission fluids vary drastically from one to the other in viscosity and additives and using the wrong type will quickly degrade or even destroy your transmission. So be sure to check with the ASE certified team at Key Transmission for good advice.
- Pretending a problem will go away
Virtually all car owners seem to suffer from the same delusion that if they ignore a warning sign long enough it will go away. The truth is that they are often right, the warning signs do go away, but after something disastrous has happened.
So if you notice strange noises when changing gears, find dark red fluid stains on your driveway or have trouble with shaking, slipping, grinding of the gears or even straight up stalling, you should bring your vehicle in. You might worry about the cost of repairs, but you will inevitably end up paying a lot more by continuing to drive and severely damaging the transmission.
- Letting your transmission get too hot
Transmissions are not designed to take a lot of heat. Overheating causes about 90% of transmission failures. Roughly speaking, for about every 20 degrees that your transmission goes over the recommended temperature and is allowed to continue running, its life gets cut in half.
There are various reasons that your transmission could be running hot. Sometimes it’s a simple fix like cleaning out the transmission fluid and replacing it, although it could also be slippage or a defective solenoid. Regardless of what is causing the excessive heat, it will be less expensive to fix whatever minor issue is causing it, than waiting for the transmission to fail altogether and paying for a replacement.
Here at Key Transmission and Gears in Sheridan, Colorado we want our customers to know how best to take care of their vehicles, in particular, their car’s transmission. One of the most efficient ways to keep our customers happy is to maintain their vehicles in good working order. The absolute best way of accomplishing that is to properly educate the vehicle owner on a few simple steps that will go a very long way towards the health of the transmission.
We hope our 5 Most Common Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Transmission has been helpful to you, and we recommend following it to get the longest life out of your transmission. Of course, if you have any questions or begin to experience issues, call or contact the friendly professionals at Key Transmission.