Common Mistakes That Could Ruin Your Transmission
For some of us, our cars are as important to us as our livelihood. In fact, for many of us, they’re even directly or indirectly connected to our livelihoods. Your car is breaking down when you need to be somewhere urgently can be one of the worst things that can happen, and when it’s a transmission issue, you can bet your problem isn’t one that’d be solved quickly. That being said, if you took care of your car’s transmission you wouldn’t be in this mess, now would you?
Not Servicing Your Transmission Regularly
Although this practically goes without saying, it’s one mistake that almost all of us are guilty of making. We intend to get it done sometime, but most of us don’t want to bother with the hassle of taking it to the auto shop. Since your transmission doesn’t need to be serviced every other month; you only really need to get it cleaned off every 2-3 years. So, you really should get it repaired when on-time and get it out of the way before problems arise.
Not Keeping an Eye on Fluid Levels
Though your transmission fluid only really needs to be changed when your transmission is being serviced, you would do well to monitor it regularly like the oil for your engine. Regular checkups could detect a potentially catastrophic leak (gears don’t last long if they’re not well lubricated) before it causes any severe damage. Also, a change in the color and smell of the fluid could help you detect if your fluid needs changing.
Filling Up with The Wrong Solution
If you’re one of those people who believe every kind of transmission fluid on the market is the same thing, and the labeled differences are just a marketing ploy, then you’re going to be very sorry when your transmission fails. Transmission fluids differ considerably from one another based on many aspects like viscosity levels and the nature and quantity of additives in the mix so, lumping all of them in the same category is a big mistake.
Moreover, each car model’s transmission is designed to keep a specific brand or type of transmission oil in mind, so diverging from the requirements may result in negative consequences. You may end up costing yourself a lot more than you hoped to save by switching to a cheaper fluid.
Ignoring Signs of Overheating or Strange Noises
When it comes to mistakes that could ruin your transmission, ignoring warning signs is a cardinal sin. Though overheating is generally a little hard to detect unless you have a gauge fitted for this purpose (which you should invest in), weird crunching/grinding noises every time you switch gears is a pretty telling sign that there’s something wrong with your transmission. Ignoring these flags is only asking for trouble. Don’t be left on the side of the road with your transmission blown from poor maintenance, contact us today and we’d be happy to assist you!