As a car owner, you’re not expected to have a thorough understanding of every single feature. At the end of the day, being able to safely operate a car and give it some basic maintenance is enough for most of us. And in reality, that’s all we need!
But it can’t hurt to have a little more knowledge. Especially when a specific part of your car is broken, damaged or needs attention. This knowledge can allow you to swiftly diagnose any problems as they arise, and help you determine the best course of action.
One major area of your car, that you probably overlook – and perhaps haven’t even heard of – is the transmission. It’s vital to the performance of a safe, sound car, and if it goes wrong, it can have catastrophic ramifications. It must be looked after, and to be looked after, it must be understood!
I was having a conversation with a friend of mine last week who brought up this very topic. He mentioned that his car had to be taken to a mechanic to repair ‘something called a transmission.’
In the end, everything was fine and dandy, but perhaps a little more knowledge in this area would have prevented the damage in the first place.
What does my car’s transmission do?
The transmission in a vehicle is the hub through which gear changes are initiated and made. The driver chooses a gear by moving the gearstick, which moves the gears on the input shaft of the transmission to that same gear. Automatic transmissions perform the same function, just by themselves!
Should I attempt to repair my car’s transmission by myself?
Generally speaking, unless you’re a mechanic yourself, no, it’s best to leave it alone, or to a transmission shop. Since the transmission handles gear changes and is essential to your car, it must be repaired properly.
Of course, you can look after your car’s transmission by driving safely and properly, and this can reduce damage.
How can I keep my transmission in good working order?
There are plenty of things you can do here, and I highly recommend you take these on board!
Service the transmission regularly
Transmissions can wear out over time, purely through general use. As such, it’s important to make sure they’re checked regularly, and to a high standard. Any problems that go unchecked can lead to even bigger problems further down the line.
Service a used car right away
Transmissions are the most vulnerable in used cars, where the gear has been changed a lot. So, if you buy a used car, make it a point to get the transmission checked immediately. This way, you can swiftly uncover any problems.
Keep an eye on transmission fluid levels
The fluid for a transmission helps the whole thing to function and provides additional cooling, so it’s vital. Again, if you notice a dip in levels, you must take the car to a garage and have them topped up. If left alone, your transmission can begin to break down.
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