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Guide to Protecting Your Transmission

Nearly 1,000 parts make up your transmission, so it is easy to imagine something going wrong. Here are some dos and don'ts to keep your transmission shifting for years to come.

Cool It, Down Shifter

Forcefully down shifting when coming to a stop, while your engine is running at high RPMs, creates more friction in your transmission and increases wear. Placing the gear shift in neutral when braking at a stop light will do the job without wearing out your transmission parts.

Warm It Up a Bit

To operate effectively, your transmission fluids should be a little warm. Let your car run for a minute or so before taking her out.

Avoid Sudden Stops

Sudden brakes can damage drivetrain components and transmission mounts. If you have to stop in an emergency, have your mounts checked afterwards.

Use the Parking Brake

Do not let your car sit in Park unattended without applying the parking brake. Even a slight bump can brake the parking pawl in your transmission, setting your car to roll down the street.

Wait in Fast Idle

If your engine is running in fast idle, putting it into gear can cause a shock to your transmission parts. To avoid early clutch failure, wait for your engine to calm down before putting it into Drive or Reverse.

Tune It Up

Keep your engine properly tuned and maintained. Make sure your cooling, ignition, and drivetrain systems are checked regularly.

Fluids Are Your Friend

Transmission fluid lubricates your parts and keeps them rubbing together properly. When your fluid wears out, friction and grinding will result. Follow your owners manual and change your fluids on schedule. If you operate your vehicle in harsh conditions, hauling heavy loads or taking long trips, accelerate the schedule for fluid replacement.

For Synthetic Oil in Olympia

For all your transmission and engine lubrication needs, contact Stokes Abode, your local AMSOIL dealer in Tumwater. Call (253) 381-1550 for more information or shop all our products at our online store.

Norm Stokes
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