Bad habits are hard to break but just being aware of some of the ways you can avoid destroying your transmission can help immensely down the road.
The automatic transmission is a very important module of your vehicle. It allows your vehicle to Cruise at highway speed without blowing up the motor. It multiplies the torque of the engine to aid in propelling the weight of your vehicle. It makes driving in traffic less stressful as it eliminates the clutch and shifts itself. While vital to the proper operation of your vehicle, many people take their automatic transmissions for granted,. Even worse, they contribute to its failure via bad habits. Let's take a look at some bad habits that can destroy your transmission system.
1. Overheating your vehicle
Most automatic transmissions are designed to operate at a maximum temperature of 200°C. For every 20°C you go above this limit you risk cutting the Lifespan of the transmission by a factor of two. To put that in a better perspective, by the time your transmission reaches 300°C, its lifespan will be reduced to 1/32nd of what is considered noral. You should also notice that temperature as low as 240°C, your organic based transmission fluid can turn to vanish, leaving it unable to properly lubricate the moving parts inside the transmission.
2. Maintaining improper fluid levels.
Letting your transmission run out of fluid or operating it with a low fluid level is a guaranteed way to have transmission breakdown. The fluid keeps the transmissions internal components cool and lubricated. When the transmission fluid runs low or completely out, the internal parts begin to grind and overheat which leads to transmission failure.
3. Never changing the fluid
Another way to kill your transmission if failure to change the transmission fluid according to the schedule in your automobile's owners manual. Like the oil in your automobile's engine, transmission fluid becomes dirty and needs changing. Failure to change the fluid can lead to the seals and gaskets as well as internal transmission components, begining to overheat and breakdown.
4. Using incorrect fluid type
Adding the wrong type of transmission fluid can kill it. Manual and automatic transmissions use different fluids (CHOOSING THE RIGHT TRANSMISSION FLUID)
These fluids can be added with other fluids or mixed with temporary basis to just get by.
5. Drag race from light to light
This causes the torque converter to produce a lot of heat. If you don't give the transmission the chance to cool down between jack- rabbit starts, it will overheat quickly. We know what happens to a transmission when it overheats. Unless your vehicle was specifically designed for that purpose, it cannot sustain that kind of abuse. You run the risk of damaging all drive-line components.
6. Always stop Abruptly
Like fast starts, sudden stops can damage drivetrain components like engine and transmission mounts. This can lead to transmission damage. After any sudden emergency stop, it would be wise to have your mounts checked.
7. Leaving the shift lever in PARK without the parking brake on
If another vehicle were to even tap yours at the front or back where you parked, it could cause the parking pawl to break, leaving your vehicle to roll down the street unattended.
8. Downshift to brake at traffic lights
A forced downshift at a high engine RPM is sure to cause excessive wear on transmission friction components ( clutches and bands)
9. Leaving your shift lever in drive or reverse when engine is at “fast idle”.
This can cause abrupt transmission engagement Leading to early failure of clutches, bands, gear sets, drive line components and engine or transmission mountings.
10.Using shift lever instead of brake.
Before reversing direction, your car most be at a complete . Using the transmission to stop the vehicle will lead to premature transmission failure.
To save your engines and automatic transmissions from total damage, please follow up these guide to prolong your vehicle's lifespan and also save money!!!
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