Most would take for granted the fact that their car is a machine built to last every day wear and tear. Using your car, you can travel with much ease and comfort. You can go to and from your office or school without having to undergo the stress of public commuting and experience that dreaded rush hour.
However, having your own car is not without its problems and inconveniences. Often, you have to deal with your car’s malfunctioning or damaged parts. You have to have your car constantly checked for possible areas that need to be repaired. One of the parts of your car that is most susceptible to malfunctioning or is most problematic once damaged is the transmission. That box, which transfers power from the engine to the wheels, is a major component that might need costly repairs if not maintained properly. Here are a few ways to ensure proper operation.
Check the level of transmission fluids. You must check your car’s fluid levels no less than two times a year. These include all fluids, such as brake fluids, power steering fluids, radiator fluids, and even the windshield wiper fluid. When the fluid level of the transmission box goes below the normal and prescribed level, it can damage or impair the working condition of your car’s transmission. Subsequently, you might have to pay a bigger amount for damages than the cost of regular maintenance. One of the indications of a low fluid level is the frequent leaking in your car.
Constantly check leaks in your car’s transmission: A leak is a serious threat to your transmission because it only occurs during very abnormal cases. The transmission is a closed contraption and there are only very limited spots where leaks can occur. The occurrence of a leak might indicate that your car’s transmission is perforated or damaged. Always check the filler tube base, the space between the transmission and engine, the sector shaft and the radiator for possible leaks. These are the areas where leaks more commonly happen in your car.
Have your transmission remanufactured: If you find that your transmission’s gears are in need of major repair, you can either go to a transmission shop and have the transmission rebuilt, or buy an entirely new transmission that’s compatible with your car. The advantage of the this option is that you can get a longer warranty for your transmission so you will be guaranteed of an automatic repair once the transmission encounters yet another problem.
Resort to a used transmission: There should be no fuss with using this type of transmission as a replacement for your damaged transmission, for as long as the used gearbox is in good working condition. Used transmissions will definitely be cheaper than new ones. However, warranty period might be shorter, if any.
Transmission problems should be addressed at the onset, to prevent bigger problems from developing. A car’s transmission is always in motion, and is prone to breakdowns if not properly maintained. Be sure to have your transmission checked regularly, along with other car parts.