How to Keep Your Automatic Transmission Healthy
Follow your manufacturer’s suggested service intervals and use only OEM (original manufacturer equipment) standard or higher quality parts and fluid. Allow only a transmission specialist to perform maintenance on your transmission. Do not “flush” your high mileage transmission if it is working properly.
Allow Your Vehicle to Warm Up On Cold Mornings
This is beneficial to both the transmission and the engine. Vehicles that sit outside on cold winter nights can allow transmission fluid and other fluids to reach temperatures below freezing. When transmission fluid reaches freezing temperatures, it thickens and is harder to move through the small passages inside. If the fluid does not get to the accurate location quickly, serious problems may occur. An average of 5 to 10 minutes of idling before departure should be sufficient and will make your transmission run smoothly.
Check Your ATF (Automatic Transmission Fluid) Regularly
Always Bring Your Vehicle to a Complete Stop before Shifting Gears
Making a complete stop when shifting from reverse to forward or forward to reverse will benefit the transmission and the rest of the drive-train. Components inside the transmission are turning in different directions when in forward and reverse, and need to stop completely before shifting. Otherwise, damage may likely occur, especially if the vehicle is stuck in snow, mud, etc.
Don't “Ride” the Brake
Beware If You Tow, Pull Trailers or Plow Snow
Heat is what destroys many transmissions. The heavy load you pull or push will cause the transmission temperature to rise, sometimes higher than tolerable. Installing a high quality auxiliary transmission cooler will benefit the transmission and extend its life in service. Most importantly, if your vehicle is equipped with a "Tow Mode" button, use it. Also, if you are towing in OD (overdrive) and the transmission starts constantly shifting to maintain speed it will become hot, so downshift to D (drive) or press the OD (overdrive) cancel button. When plowing snow, make frequent stops with the transmission in idle; this will help keep it cool. And remember, come to a complete stop when shifting from forward/reverse!
Keep Your Engine Running Smoothly
Please feel free to call Omaha Transmission with any questions regarding routine maintenance. We would be happy to assist you!