Thanks to the internet, as a driver, you are never far away from solutions and explanations for your car problems. This wealth of knowledge has generally led to better informed drivers knowing more about basic systems like air conditioning, braking and tires.
While this means you are more responsible and knowledgeable, there is often a gap of knowledge when it comes to one feature in particular—the transmission.
If you suspect damages or have complicated questions, be sure to speak to a trusted mechanic and don’t rely solely on information from the internet.
For what it’s worth, here are a few at-home tips to learn that will help you better maintain and prevent damage to your transmission.
PRACTICE GOOD DRIVING HABITS
One of the best ways to take care of your transmission on your own is to learn what can damage your transmission so you can avoid rookie mistakes.
For example, it is never a good idea to throw your car into reverse before you come to a complete stop. Additionally, you shouldn’t ever shift into drive from reverse while your wheels are turning. Finally, never tow or carry loads heavier than what your car has been rated to carry.
CHECK TRANSMISSION FLUID
It seems like your car needs a dozen different fluids, but that is no excuse for not learning how to check and replace the necessary fluids. This is an easy task that you don’t need to pay someone to do for you.
Using your owner’s manual as a guide, check the transmission fluid regularly. The fluid should be red, and if you ever smell a burnt scent or notice the colour has turned brown it is time to change the fluid.
GET A PRO’S OPINION
Don’t believe everything you read online. Even if you find information online that matches the problems you’re experiencing with your car, the contributing factors behind these symptoms can be completely different. Self-diagnosis can be a costly mistake. It’s always recommended to have a professional take a look and diagnose the vehicle. That’s what we’re here for!