The transmission in your vehicle is built to be tough. It’s not made of glass, and it’s meant to last to keep you on the road no matter where you might be headed. Yet, although transmissions are extremely durable, they do require some care from time to time. That’s where we come in. When you require car maintenance in Reno, or you have a sneaking suspicion that something might be wrong with your transmission, then drop by our auto shop today! In this post, we’ll give you a few of the most common mistakes that we have seen with regard to vehicle transmissions.

Transmission Fluid

With your transmission working tirelessly to transfer engine power to the driveshaft and rear wheels, there are a lot of moving parts. This is why lubrication is key to maintaining a functioning transmission. When you’re running low on fluid, the transmission will be working double-time in order to perform its function. Without the proper amount of transmission fluid, the temperatures will rise and eventually lead to excessive heat. This is a recipe for disaster, and your one long drive away from needing engine repair or complete replacement, just because you forgot to check the fluid levels.

Almost as bad as none at all is putting in fluid that is not meant for your vehicle. There is a common misconception that all transmission is the same, but this simply isn’t true. Different types of fluids have different levels of viscosity and additives thrown into the mix to have your transmission running optimally. When you put in automatic transmission fluid that isn’t designated for your vehicle, your car won’t be getting the cooling and lubricating properties that are required. If you put your transmission fluid in on your own, just be sure you’re using the correct type. Or, have our experts do it for you!

Avoid Transmission Servicing

When you ignore having your transmission serviced, you’re inflicting more harm on your vehicle than you may know. In time, build up will happen, and when it does, your transmission will run sluggishly, and if you continue to ignore it, the system will fail. Every two to five years, it is recommended that you get your transmission serviced. Not only that, but be sure to keep your eyes out for any leaks or odd smells.

Ignoring Warning Signs

The most common mistake when it comes to transmissions is simply ignoring it. This goes for your necessary servicing, keeping an eye on fluid levels, as well as paying attention to anything that might seem off. The most common warning signs that your transmission will give you include a delay when switching gears, an odd burning smell, and visible leaks. Normal transmission fluid is a bright red with a sweet odor to it, so if you witness this after parking your vehicle for an extended amount of time, be sure to bring your car into our repair shop immediately.

In the simplest of terms, don’t ignore your transmission. As long as you make sure that the fluids are at a decent level (with the correct transmission fluid), you’re getting your car serviced when needed, and you keep a lookout for any obvious warning signs, then you shouldn’t have anything to worry about!

Whether your transmission needs looking after, your wheels need aligned, or you simply need an oil change, be sure to contact us now or just come by!