Everyone relies heavily on their vehicle, but an unexpected repair can be a major inconvenience as we as cost. Regular maintenance and inspections are necessary to ensure that your vehicle is running correctly and efficiently. Before making your daily commute or taking that summer road trip, it is important to have your vehicle checked out for any problems, like transmission issues, to avoid an untimely breakdown in the summer heat. Making an investment in the regular maintenance of your vehicle’s transmission can help catch problem early and prevent possibly hundreds of dollars in repair bills down the road.

What the vehicle’s transmission does

The transmission generates power to your tires. It also controls how much of that power is available at anytime. It is mostly responsible for adapting how much power gets to the drive wheels, which are important for starting the vehicle, stopping, and also traveling at all speeds. A transmission keeps the engine’s output optimally matched to the speed and the load conditions of your vehicle. Connected to the transmission is the torque converter. This assists in the flow of the engine’s torque into the transmission. The transmission fluid cleans, cools, lubricates, transmits force and pressure, and protects the transmission from buildup of any kind.

Signs you might need to repair your transmission

The best way to protect your transmission is to know the warning signs of an impending problem. If you notice any issue, you should have your vehicle in as soon as possible to have it examined for what is causing it and if it can be fixed. The most obvious sign is if your check engine light comes on, and stays on. A common sign is the transmission will not shift or while shifting, you can feel it slipping. Your transmission may also make noises, hums, or even sound like it is grinding. Any of these signs are an indication to see your repair center to address possible transmission issues.

Ways you can help keep your transmission in good working order

There are some things you can do to help keep your transmission as healthy as possible. Always make sure you have regular maintenance performed on your vehicle. Regular oil changes, fuel and air filter changes, and inspections all help to make sure your vehicle runs as smooth as possible without any problems. Regular oil changes help to prevent wear and tear on your vehicle. During maintenance inspections the mechanic has an opportunity to notice something that you may have missed, before it becomes a larger issue. Also make sure to notice any warning lights that might be turning on. This is usually a good indication that something is wrong. Your automotive service provider can scan the vehicles with a board computer for trouble zones and advise you what they can indicate. You can also help your transmission remain healthy by the way you drive. Avoiding sudden stops and rapid acceleration allows your transmission to operate smoothly and efficiently.