At Everett Transmission, we spend most of our time working on transmission systems. We always recommend to our customers that it is better to have your transmission repaired instead of needing it replaced. Not only does replacing your transmission cost exceedingly more money, but driving with a bad transmission can be extremely dangerous for you and your family. That is why we created this list of common mistakes we see constantly.
1. Not Addressing Problems Early
You don’t need to be a mechanic or a professional driver to feel when your transmission is becoming faulty. Grinding, stalling, shaking, and slipping are all signs that your transmission needs to be looked at. If you notice problems when shifting gears, you need to have your transmission professionally looked at as soon as possible. The faster you act the more damage you can prevent.
2. Getting Low On Fluid
The most important element to your transmission’s health is its fluid. Transmission fluid is necessary for keeping your transmission running smoothly and stopping it from overheating. You can check fluid levels yourself with a dipstick. We recommend that you have your fluid checked at least once a year.
3. Using The Wrong Type of Fluid
It is not just important to maintain transmission fluid levels, you also have to use the correct transmission fluid for your car. A very common mistake we see at our shop is customers using an incorrect transmission fluid for their car. The best way to avoid this is to have your fluid changed professionally by a mechanic, however, if you do your own repairs make sure that the fluid you buy is rated for your transmission.
The quickest and most effective way to destroy a transmission is to overheat it. This is why it is important to check all fluid levels for your vehicle before the beginning of the summer. Late spring is the best time to prepare your car for summer driving by having a full inspection.
5. Not Having Your Transmission Inspected Regularly
The best way to avoid transmission problems is to schedule regular checkups. Instead of waiting for something to go wrong, be proactive. Have your fluid checked and changed professionally yearly. Make sure your transmission is adjusted when it needs to be.
At Everett Transmissions we are committed to helping our customers’ vehicles safe and in good condition. Although we often have to replace broken transmissions we recommend that drivers in Massachusetts be proactive with their cars. A transmission repair or adjustment is a lot more cost effective than a replacement. If you need your fluid changed, notice a transmission problem, or have not had your transmission checked recently, call us at 617-387-9558 and set-up an appointment.