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How to Keep Your Transmission in Good Condition

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How to Keep Your Transmission in Good Condition

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Your car requires regular auto repair and maintenance to keep it running smoothly.  This maintenance may look different depending on your vehicle, although there are many similarities as well. One of the parts of your car that needs regular maintenance is the transmission.  The transmission helps the car to move between gears and without it, you would be stuck in one gear, if you’re able to get in gear at all, resulting in the need for an inconvenient auto repair.

Have you ever wondered what kind of maintenance your type of transmission needs in order to avoid an unnecessary auto repair?  It depends on the type of transmission.

Automatic Transmission

Automatic transmissions are fairly easy as far as maintenance goes.  The main thing you need to do for this type of transmission is to check the transmission fluid.  This is done using the dipstick in the engine of your car.  Look at your owner’s manual to locate your transmission fluid dipstick.

Pull the dipstick out and wipe it clean.  Wiping the stick clean is an important step so that you are able to get rid of any existing fluid. Dip the stick in and see if the fluid is over the line or not.  If the fluid is below the fill line, you top off your transmission fluid right away to avoid needing an auto repair down the road.

4 Wheel Drive Transmission

Cars with 4 wheel drive transmission are very popular, but they can be a pain for many auto repair specialists.  This is because the maintenance required for a 4 wheel drive transmission is much more extensive.  All of the electrical connections for the 4 wheel drive should be checked at least once a year, and de-greaser should be applied by you or your auto repair expert.

In addition, you will need to check the front differential fluid and the distributor fluid.  These should both be checked regularly. If you’re unsure how to do this, your local auto repair shop can take care of it for you.

Manual Transmission

The major difference when it comes to a manual transmission is, of course, the clutch. This is the peddle that helps you move from one gear to another.

A manual transmission has what is known as manual transmission oil, which is very similar to transmission fluid.  In order to change transmission oil, your auto repair technician will start by safely raising your vehicle.  This will allow the oil to drain, and then new oil will be pumped back in.

The clutch should also be inspected whenever you are performing maintenance on the transmission system to ensure it is in a fully functional state.

While it is possible to both change the oil on a manual transmission vehicle and inspect the clutch yourself, it is advised that you have a professional auto repair technician look at the vehicle.  This is especially true if you have been having issues with your transmission.

Having problems with your transmission or just want to perform regular maintenance?  Now you know some of the essential aspects of auto repair and maintenance for your transmission.  Your transmission is an important part of your car and it is just as important to make sure you give it the attention it needs.

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