Skip to main content

Automatic Transmission Vehicle Maintenance and Tips (Part 1)

Automatic Transmission Vehicle Maintenance and Tips (Part 1)

In the following article we are going to discuss how to take care of your automatic vehicle, so that you can make sure you get the most out of it for as long as possible, and that you do not need to pay extreme bills for repairs.

There are a few things that you should not be doing if you own and drive an automatic transmission vehicle. Along with those, we will talk about tips and tricks to keep your car in the best possible condition for as long as possible. Note that doing the following things will prolong the lifespan of the vehicle’s parts, but they are not a method of skipping regular maintenance services that need to be done to your car. In fact, my first advice is to make sure that you take in your vehicle to a specialist for regular check-ups (better to pay a little sum of money for preventative measures, than to pay a lot of money for a huge repair).

First things first: Do NOT rev your engine before switching gears, no matter how much you want to do it and how cool it sounds. Revving the engine gives the transmission a massive shock that leads to more friction between the internal components, which causes damage to the parts of the engine.

If you are headed down a slope, do not slide the vehicle down in Neutral. This is a habit, which doesn’t let you accelerate the car, it only slows it down, cutting the oil supply, which in turn leads to the transmission not getting the proper lubrication for smooth operation. All of this can result in significant wear and damage. Be smart and let go of this habit, so that you can save yourself some costly repairs, that will not justify the fuel savings you get from doing it.

You’re at a red light and you are keeping your vehicle in Neutral, aren’t you? Don’t! I know that you are trying to save fuel and to protect the driveline from wear, but the loss is minimal if you push the brakes by keeping the gearbox in Drive mode, and the actual damage is being done when switching into and out of Neutral mode. The damage you do is actually more costly, because doing it wears out the drive shaft quickly.

Warm up your engine before driving off, especially during the winter months.  Why exclusively during the winter? Because when the weather is cold the oil in your vehicle thickens and it moves slower. After starting the car give it a few moments to warm up, let the fuel run into the transmission and all of its parts, otherwise if you drive off at high speed from the very beginning, it may lead to severe internal damage.

Also, make sure to bring in your vehicle to a mechanic for regular transmission maintenance, when it is due, if you are unsure of when that is, consult your owner's manual, say that the minimum is once per year.

All in all, try to follow the advice above and it will save you on some unnecessary, expensive repairs. (to be continued in Part 2 of Automatic Transmission Vehicle Maintenance and Tips)

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

4 Signs That Indicate Your BMW is in Need of Tune-Up

4 Signs That Indicate Your BMW is in Need of Tune-Up
Whether you drive a vintage, late-model or brand-new BMW, remember that at some point, your car will be in need of a tune-up service. Although modern cars don't need frequent servicing like the old models, it's still very important to service your BMW according to your owner's manual in order to avoid any serious problems in the long run. Basically, this means that if you drive a newer model. you have to schedule a tune-up every 30,000 miles, and if you own an older model, you have to do it every 10,000 to 20,000 miles.

Apart from the routine maintenance services, you also have to look out for these 4 common signs that indicate your BMW is in need of a tune-up.

Difficulties When Starting Your Car
When the engine of your car does not turn over, this is mainly due to a malfunction of ignition, battery, or fuel pump. This is not a serious issue and an expert auto technician would easily diagnose it. If your BMW takes some t…

Child safety in the vehicle

We all know that child car safety is quite simple, provided that you follow a couple of simple steps. The first thing you need to do is to fit child restraints correctly and make sure you always buckle your kids into them correctly. In addition, it's equally important to seat your kids appropriately so that you can avoid any fighting between them and keep them happy while on the road.

Child Restraint Basics
The first item related to child car safety that we're going to look into is the child restraint. It's an absolute must for children aged up to 7 years to travel in a child restraint. You must remember to always choose, properly fit, and use the right child restraint suitable for your child's age and size. Once your kid's shoulders reach higher than the upper shoulder height marker seen on child restraints, your kid will be ready to move to a bigger child restraint.

Seatbelts
You can set a great example for your kids if you start wearing your own seatbelt on regul…

The rise of the automotive industry in Kansas City

The rise of the automotive industry in Kansas City
Kansas City is officially the nation's second-largest auto hub. City’s long history of auto production dates back to 1913 when Henry Ford made a decision to choose this region to be the first one outside of Detroit for auto production. The most recent expansion of Ford Motor Co. in this particular area was in 2011. At that time, the company announced a $1.2 billion investment that was meant to expand and retool Kansas City Assembly Plant, which is located in Claycomo. This plant is responsible for manufacturing the Transit and the F-150 full-size van.

Ford has a strong and steady relationship with area school districts which are part of the company’s Next Generation Learning initiative. Launched in 2006, that initiative provides mentoring, technical support, coaching, and financial support to 20 communities around the country.

Kansas City Assembly Plant uses interesting and innovative supply chain structure called Automotive Alle…