The transmission is responsible for transferring power from the engine of your car to the wheels. Without it, your car wouldn't move. Although they can last between 100,000 to 300,000 miles, proper transmission maintenance is essential to their longevity. To help you get the most out of your vehicle, consider the following guide on the do's and don't of maintaining an automatic transmission. 


Use your parking break when stopped.

A lot of people simply put their car in park, turn off the engine, and walk away. However, if you're parking on even the slightest incline, using the parking brake can help release the strain put on the transmission. Otherwise, over time, the small metal mechanism responsible for keeping your vehicle in park could wear down and lead to serious transmission damage. 

Check your transmission fluid regularly.

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Although you're likely to check your oil regularly, you should also pay attention to your transmission fluid. For many cars, the process is the same as checking your car's oil, but doing so can help you prioritize transmission maintenance and catch signs of a problem before it leads to damage. The transmission fluid should be a bright red color with a sweet odor. If it's dark or murky with a bad smell, it's important to see a transmission specialist. 


Start your car and immediately drive off.

During the winter months, it's normal to start your car and let it warm up before you drive away. However, many people do this because it makes the interior of the car more comfortable. In reality, it's important for ongoing engine and transmission maintenance. Try to give your car a few minutes to warm up before you drive off, regardless of the time of year. 

Change gears while moving.

Whatever you do, you should never change the gears while your car is in motion. Even if you're almost stopped, wait until the car is completely still before switching to park, or reverse, or vice-versa. Otherwise, your transmission receives a ton of unnecessary strain that could reduce its longevity and lead to expensive repairs or replacements.  


To help you get the most out of your transmission, head over to Friendly Transmission Service in High Point, NC. Their team of experienced, Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certified technicians has been providing fast, friendly, and reliable service throughout the Triad area for nearly 40 years. In addition to transmission maintenance, they also offer various repairs and even full transmission rebuilds. They specialize in all makes and models of transmissions, including both automatic and manual ones. To learn more about what their previous customers have to say about their work, visit them online or call (336) 882-1164 today.