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Transmission Safety Tips

Transmission problems vex many of us sooner or later. We at Box & Gear Transmissions are committed to providing the finest level of customer service available and to alleviate those problems. A transmission failure is often the result of the "last straw on the camel's back" and can can necessitate spending more money on the repair than we'd like. However, maintaining your car correctly can help eliminate this unfortunate occurrence. Some facts and tips to keep in mind:

  • Always ask about what oils or fluids are being used in your transmission. Different oils are used in different transmissions and can make a big difference.
  • High temperatures can affect the lifespan of your transmission.
  • "Stop and go" driving (like on Southern California's clogged freeways) can adversely affect your transmission.
  • Preventative maintenance is key: regular checkups for your automobile can spot transmission problems before they occur (don't wait for something drastic to happen--in the long run you'll save money).
  • Be sure to change your transmission fluid regularly. Again, taking your car in for regular inspections can help determine if this needs to be done.
  • Look for transmission fluid leaks under your car.
  • Transmission fluid is a clear, red liquid. If it's discolored or smells burned, replace it!
  • Make sure to keep the radiator and air ducts free from things that will hinder their performance.
  • Avoid overtaxing your engine, especially on steep grades.