Fareed's Auto Service Blog: Tips, Advice and More

Hello and welcome! My name is Fareed, and this blog is about car repair. I plan to write about smash repair, body work, painting and other aspects of the industry. I also hope to include a few posts that will help you assess whether or not something is wrong with your car. I have worked on my own car for years, and recently, I've been embraced as the neighbourhood mechanic -- all my friends come to me for help. I'm not a professional mechanic, but I feel confident sharing this info with you as I've been working on cars for years. I am happy you found my blog and hope that you enjoy reading!

Car Care Tips to Help Prevent Transmission Problems


There's no two ways about it — the secret to preventing costly car repairs is ensuring that the vehicle is maintained well. It is, however, unfortunate that several car owners do not give adequate maintenance attention to their vehicles. They just wait until the vehicle breaks down completely before they can take it to the mechanic shop for repair service. Most often than not, this results in what they dread — costly repairs.

A lot of things can go wrong with your car, but some problems tend to be more common than others. One of the most common car repairs performed by most mechanics is transmission repairs. Transmission problems are difficult to diagnose and they are often expensive to fix. 

Here are a number of effective car care tips you can follow to help prevent costly transmission issues, regardless of whether you drive an automatic or manual car. 

Avoid running low on transmission fluid

One of the major causes of transmission problems is low transmission fluid. When there isn't enough fluid in the transmission system, moving parts tend to wear and tear much faster due to lack of proper lubrication. The transmission may also overheat because there is no fluid to cool it down. Therefore, car owners should always check transmission fluid levels routinely in order to ensure the markings on the dipstick have not dropped below the lower limit line.

Additionally, car owners should change ineffective transmission fluid when required. Keep in mind that transmission fluids are not created equal, so always make sure to use the correct product when topping up or replacing existing transmission fluid. Do not overfill your transmission with fluid, as that can also damage your transmission.

Avoid overloading your car

Another thing that has the potential to cause transmission problems is overloading your car. When you carry excessive loads in your car, its engine is forced to work extra hard so as to keep the vehicle moving. Because it is the transmission that controls the speed at which your engine runs, it can easily slip. Slipping happens when transmission components are unable to go into gear smoothly. 

Drivers are strongly advised against driving with a slipping transmission — they should immediately pull over to the side of the road and call for roadside assistance when they notice the problem. It is worth noting that a slipping transmission can also arise when a vehicle is low on transmission fluid. 

Drivers should also avoid towing beyond capacity, as this has the potential to cause the same transmission problems as overloading the car.


24 April 2017