Being stuck on the road because your transmission fails isn’t anyone’s idea of fun.
If you’ve had transmission problems, you should always make sure your mechanic gives your car, truck, or SUV a thorough inspection. Your service professional should provide you with reasons there are issues with your transmission. A number of components in your vehicle may end up damaging it and, if not fixed, might result in the failure of your next transmission.
Make sure your transmission fluid is serviced regularly
Modern engineering advances, like the methods employed to remanufacture Gearhead Engines, now extend transmission service procedures to every 100,000 miles. So make sure your transmission fluid is serviced properly and on time.
When your transmission fluid is changed, make sure a reputable facility, shop, or dealership completes the service. These facilities ensure that the transmission filter (the component that traps dirt and metals in your fluid) and the fluid itself will be changed. Some shops may only “flush” your transmission, which could cause issues later on.
The role of a transmission cooler
Most heavy-duty vehicles and some light duty vehicles are equipped with what is called a transmission cooler. This part makes sure the transmission fluid doesn’t reach high temperatures during heavy driving conditions – like when you’re towing a trailer. And high temperatures can cause transmission fluid to break down and not function like it should.
Transmission cooler lines and the transmission cooler itself could leak. This can cause the vital “lifeblood” of the transmission to fall to dangerous levels and that could cause damage. Cooler issues may cause high-fluid temperature issues because of limited flow though the cooler assembly.
Be aware of conditions and your driving habits
Driving conditions/habits are sometimes some of the easiest ways to extend your transmission’s life.
- Make sure all acceleration is done at normal and expected speeds.
- Avoid abrupt start/stop driving conditions.
- Don’t overload your vehicle constantly, towing a trailer or accelerating to high speeds. Driving like this all the time (whether it’s a contractors’ truck or someone speeding away from stop sign) can potentially shorten the transmission’s life considerably.
Any abuse can damage transmission fluid, possibly burn out transmission clutches, and in the worst case scenario, cause internal components to break.
Wrapping things up
As you care for your vehicle, take the time to inspect your driveway or garage for possible transmission fluid leaks and ensure your transmission fluid is serviced. By following these guidelines, you’ll make sure it functions properly for many years to come.
As the saying goes…
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
If you have to replace your transmission
In the worst case scenario, something may happen to your transmission and it will need to be replaced. Your first stop should be the Gearhead Engines website where you (or your licensed repair facility) can find the exact remanufactured transmission for your needs. You’ll get a transmission engineered to the latest specifications that ensure your new remanufactured transmission lasts.
Of course, Gearhead Engines stands by our remanufactured transmissions with a nationwide, fully-transferable, 3-year, unlimited mile warranty and offers no-fault protection add-ons that extend that coverage.