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Avoiding Transmission Trouble


Keep it cool

Heat is a serious issue when it comes to transmission health, as almost all of transmission problems are caused by the heat. Making sure your transmission stays at a normal temperature will help your car last for a long time. Be more cautious if most of your driving is done in temperatures over 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

Don’t overload

With all the traveling you may be doing in the summer months, remember to only tow the weight your vehicle can handle. If you are doing a lot of towing, it might be good to look into an auxiliary cooler for your transmission, which helps with the extra heat.

Brake wisely

If you’re parking on a slope, make sure you use your emergency brake to prevent any issues. When shifting gears, make sure your foot is on the brake when necessary, and always come to a complete spot before reversing or parking.

Checking your transmission fluid

It is recommended that you check your transmission fluid monthly, just to prevent any issues down the road. The fluid should be changed every 40,000 to 70,000 miles, depending on your vehicle. For more heavy-duty vehicle use, every 15,000 miles is recommended.

When you’re checking your fluid, you’re looking at the liquid itself, not how much there is. The fluid should be red if everything is normal. If it is a brown color or smells burnt, it’s time to bring it in for a service appointment and get it replaced.

What should I do if I think there is a problem with my transmission?

Bring your vehicle in and have it looked at, just to be safe. It might not be possible to completely prevent a transmission problem, but catching it early can save you a lot of time and money. At Lone Star Mitsubishi, our team of service experts is eager and ready to help. We make it easy to schedule an appointment with online scheduling, and we can do everything from ordering parts to routine maintenance or repairs. Come see us today or call 210-821-1600 if you have any questions!