Transmission Maintenance Tips

  • Change your fluid regularly. Not changing it according to the recommendations in your owner’s manual can lead to transmission failure
  • Check ground for transmission fluid leaks
  • Make sure the fluid does not smell burnt
  • Check all your hoses and belts regularly. They need to be replaced if they are cracked, worn or bulging

Also, mileage isn’t the best indicator of potential transmission problems. Rather, it is the number of times the transmission goes through its start-up and shift cycles. Excessive heat or cold, problems with snow or ice, towing, and driving at steep inclines can all adversely affect your transmissions performance.

Driving in any of the above conditions (such as commuting to the Bay Area) would mean your car isn’t driving in “normal” conditions according to your owner’s manual and would need more frequent maintenance checks.