Is Your Transmission Safe To Drive On?


Many drivers will check their tires, fuel, coolant and most other things in their car before they set off in the morning. One thing that is almost always overlooked is the transmission. The transmission is one of those parts of a car that many drivers don't know exist, and others just assume that nothing could possibly go wrong as far as the transmission is concerned.

Unfortunately, this misconception means that a lot of drivers are moving around with transmission systems that are not safe to drive on. How do you know your transmission is any different?

What Transmission Maintenance Steps Do You Take?

There are a number of things that you are supposed to do to ensure your transmission is in good shape. For starters, you should be checking the level of transmission oil in the system regularly. Without enough oil in the system, the parts can wear very quickly.

Additionally, the oil in the transmission system should be tested regularly. The oil can become contaminated, and this can make it less effective. The presence of metal particles in the oil can also alert you if there is a lot of wear taking place in your transmission system.

How Far Have You Driven on Your Current Transmission?

A typical transmission system is supposed to last for at least 100,000 miles. Therefore, if you have exceeded this distance on your current transmission system, it may not be as effective as it used to be and could fail. Therefore, it's important to have the transmission inspected at a transmission repair shop, just to be sure everything is as it should be.

This distance can also be much shorter depending on your driving habits and the type of terrain over which you drive. Therefore, a thorough inspection of your transmission system is something that should be done regularly.

Signs That Your Transmission Is Failing

Although you can take steps to limit the rate of wear of your transmission system, it's impossible to completely prevent failure at some point. To reduce the possibility of your transmission failing at the worst possible moment, you should know the signs that indicate imminent transmission failure.

Some of the signs you should be on the lookout for include:

  • Difficulty in changing gears
  • A funny noise when accelerating or decelerating
  • Dropping gears unexpectedly, etc.

Such signs are usually the result of a transmission system that may be experiencing some problems, and perhaps, needs replacement. For more information, contact your local auto services.


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