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Yo! My name is Adam and this is my cool new auto blog. I live with my parents in the suburbs of Sydney. It might not seem pretty cool living with your parents, but I am planning to move out soon. One massive advantage of living with my parents is that I can save a lot of money to invest in my new car. As well as the extra money in my pocket, I also benefit from lots of advice from my dad who is an auto mechanic. He has helped me to fine-tune and to add accessorises to my auto so it looks really ace.


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How to Make Your Vehicle's Transmission Last As Long As Possible

Sherri Craig

Your car's transmission system is just as important as the engine and any other part under the hood; after all, if the transmission fails, the gears may lock up or get stuck in neutral, so the engine can be running fine but the car still isn't going anywhere! While the transmission is vitally important, not every car or truck owner takes good care of it, often because they simply don't know how to maintain it properly. Note a few tips for making your vehicle's transmission last as long as possible.

Let the car warm up

You may think of letting the car warm up only to ensure the engine is ready to run properly, but this also allows other fluids under the hood to get warm, including the transmission fluid. If this fluid is not warm when you put the car in gear and start driving, it may be somewhat thick and won't circulate very well. In turn, the gears and chains of the transmission system may suffer early wear and tear. Don't rev the engine, as this just circulates cold oil through it, but let the car sit for several minutes when needed, before driving.

Maintain the cooling system

While you don't want to drive the car when it's cold, you also don't want to allow it to get overheated either. When an engine is too hot, all the systems under the hood may tend to get too hot, including the transmission and its fluid. Too much heat can mean more friction on the transmission system, and early wear and tear; this can also allow transmission fluid to break down so that it doesn't lubricate the transmission system as it should.

Use the right type of transmission fluid

If you ever need to add transmission fluid to your car, be sure you check the owner's manual first. The wrong type of fluid can be too thick or too thin for your vehicle's transmission, and it may not properly lubricate all the parts so that they suffer early wear and tear.

Stop completely before changing gears

If you shift into gear while the car is still moving, this puts strain on the gears and chains of the transmission, as they are then working to stop the car from rolling in one direction or the other. In time, this can cause the transmission to outright fail. Always come to a complete stop before changing gears to help preserve the life of the transmission, and keep it from locking up.

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