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Tips

1. Check the fluid level and condition

One of the easiest things to do on an automatic transmission is to check the fluid level and the condition of the fluid.

If your vehicles transmission fluid is low, that would indicate a leak at the transmission , transmission lines, or at the transmission cooler. You should fill it to the proper level and and have it leak checked as soon as possible to avoid major damage.

Have your transmission serviced ASAP if you see the following:

  1. A. Fluid is a dark grayish color.
  2. B. Fluid has metal particles (visible in the sunlight).
  3. C. Fluid has a burnt odor.

2. Check transmission problems promptly

Most transmission problems start out small. They get worse over time. Very often, you can eliminate major repairs simply by taking care of the problem early on.

Whether it's a warning light on the dash, a few drops of fluid on the garage floor, or a change in the way the transmission operates, the smart thing to do is to have your vehicle checked and repaired as soon as possible. This will keep the minor repairs from turning into major costly repairs.

3. Service your transmission regularly

One of the best ways to keep your transmission in good working order is to have it serviced annually. A complete fluid and filter change every year can add years to your transmission's life, and in the end, save you money

4. Service the cooling system regularly

You may not realize it, but your car's cooling system does more than keep the engine running cool: It also cools the transmission fluid, through a heat exchanger built into the radiator tank.

So a faulty cooling system can not only damage your engine; it can reduce transmission life as well. To avoid both engine and transmission problems, keep your car's cooling system clean and in good working order.

5. Keep your engine tuned-up

A problem with engine performance can put much more strain on the transmission than one that's running properly. That's another reason why it's important to keep your car's engine in good running order. A good running engine reduces the stress on your transmission, so the transmission can last longer without requiring major repairs