How Can I Extend the Life of My Automatic Transmission?

January 13th, 2015 by

Even though you may not be as actively shifting through gears as you would with a manual transmission, drivers with automatic transmissions need to pay attention to their transmission to ensure its longevity. One rule of thumb, according to Transmasters and A Automotive Services, is to have automatic transmission fluid changed every 15,000 miles or once a year. Here are some other tips to prolong the life of your automatic transmission:
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Automatic Transmission Fluid should be changed every 15,000 miles or Once a Year

  • Transmission Filter Along with automatic transmission fluid changes, the transmission filter should be changed at the same time if the filter is easily accessible, according to ETE Reman.
  • Do you do a lot of Towing or Driving through the Mountains? If so, A Automotive Services suggests having a transmission cooler installed. Towing and mountain driving puts more strain on the transmission, which causes more heat, according to ETE Reman. Installing a transmission cooler can help. ETE Reman also advises to not tow more than stated manufacturer limits.
  • Take it Easy when the Transmission is Cold It is OK to drive your car without taking more than 30 to 60 seconds to warm it up just be sure to take it easy the first couple of miles. “It easily takes 2 to 3 miles to get your transmission up to operating temperature,” according to ETE Reman.
  • Come to a Complete Stop Before Changing Gears Transmasters suggests coming to a complete stop before shifting to reverse from drive or drive to reverse.
  • Abstain from Accelerating too Quickly According to McNair Performance, accelerating too quickly puts strain on the transmission.

Sticking to these tips can help preserve the life of your vehicle’s automatic transmission. Call Fisher Auto in Boulder, Colo., at 303-245-6414 to schedule an appointment to have your transmission fluid changed, or if you have any questions.