Strategies to Prevent or Delay the Need for Transmission Repair

Nobody wants to face the need for automatic Transmission Repair since the major projects are labor-intensive and expensive. Vehicle owners can follow a maintenance program that will help them prevent problems with this main component for many years to come. Treating the transmission properly while driving is important as well.

Annual Inspection

Having an automotive technician inspect the transmission every year is a good idea. Technicians check for leaks and other indications the equipment needs repair work. In some vehicles, the level for the transmission fluid container can only be checked from underneath, so having the fluid level checked during routine oil changes is recommended.

Adding a Special Cooling System

A special fan or auxiliary cooling system for the transmission may be advisable if the vehicle is used for relatively heavy hauling, especially when the weather is hot or there are many hills. Pickup trucks might be used to haul a boat or camping trailer, for example. That puts a big strain on the transmission and generates a lot of heat. Drivers should not hesitate to use one of the lower gears as they approach a relatively steep hill while towing a boat or camper. This keeps the transmission from having to manage too much strain.

Transmission Flush

Depending on how the vehicle is used, it may benefit from having a transmission flush after several years. The owner may check information online to see what is recommended for a particular car or truck.


Other driving behavior also can be connected with eventual transmission problems. For instance, drivers who insist on zipping up to the car in front and hitting the brakes again and again in heavy traffic are causing a lot of wear and tear on the vehicle. Not only does this shorten the longevity of the brakes, it’s also hard on the engine and the transmission.

Addressing Symptoms Promptly

Symptoms of problems should be addressed promptly so they don’t get worse. Examples would be gears grinding when shifting or a sense of the gears slipping. Surging forward for no reason is another example. If any strange noises occur when the transmission is shifting, that also should be checked out.

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