The transmission system in your vehicle is one of the most important parts of any vehicle. It regulates power to the wheels and allows you to choose between going forward, backward and at what speed.

The process of maintaining optimum conditions in your transmission system is inexpensive and simple. On the other hand, the cost of ignoring it is high. You might have to part with over $5,000 to rebuild the transmission system if you don’t treat it right.


Simple tips to caring for your vehicle’s transmission:

Don’t harass the gear lever or selector at any given point in time and ensure that you come to a complete halt before engaging the reverse gear.

Have the level and health of the fluid checked by a reliable auto shop. They will also schedule a regular maintenance to check up on the condition of the system.

It is important to note that most new car models no longer come equipped with a transmission dipstick to allow you to confirm the level and condition of the transmission fluid. Your car might need to be checked by a technician to assess the status of the fluid.

To determine the appropriate time to perform a transmission service or flush, consult your vehicle owner’s manual.


Automatic transmission systems

Newer models of autos need to be flushed or serviced after every 50,000 miles. As your car grows older, it is wise to bring the interval down to 30,000 miles.

Vehicles equipped with a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) need a service after operating for 30,000 to 100,000 miles depending on the specifications put forward by the manufacturer.

If you often tow a trailer or pulling a boat with your vehicle, you need to have the transmission system serviced more regularly as this puts on an additional strain.

If you treat your transmission system properly, and don’t reside in a region that experiences high heat levels all year round, expect the auto transmission to serve you for more than 200,000 miles.

On the flipside, transmissions that don’t undergo regular service pose a risk of developing problems without notice. The needs of your transmission system depends on the type and model of your car.

Your driving patterns may also influence how often you have to take your vehicle for checkup. If you drive in areas that have heavy traffic and numerous starts and stops, you need to get the transmission system serviced often.

We recommend changing the transmission fluid periodically to ensure maximum performance and useful life. If you don’t keep any maintenance schedule, request for a fluid check every time you book your vehicle for an oil change.


Auto repair services that you can always count on

Fred’s Auto Center is open and ready to serve all your automotive needs. We have provided all-inclusive auto repair services to the residents of West Haven, CT and its environs since 1996. Our reasonable prices debunk the proficient services that they provide. Whether you need the brakes replaced or transmission system repaired, you can count on our family business for a keen look into all the repair needs of your car.

To book our services, get in touch with us on 203-934-7251 or request an appointment on our website. Alternatively, bring your car to our West Haven repair shop located on 244 Platt Avenue, West Haven, CT 06516.

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