How to increase the longevity of your transmission

23 January 2019 / Lindleys Autocentres

Typically your vehicle's transmission should last around 100,000 to 150,000 miles with minimum care. Depending on how many miles you drive each year, the time frame can range from 7-10 years.   

Unfortunately, not everyone will know and understand how to properly care for their transmission. We know how frustrating it can be when you've driven a little over 35,000 miles and are already facing issues with your transmission.

In this article, we’ll share 3 tips to ensure that your transmission has the longest possible lifespan.


Regular Servicing

Ignoring issues with your transmission, no matter how small they may seem, can transpire to major complications with your vehicle. Having your vehicle serviced regularly can help minimise the risk of unexpected breakdowns and expensive repairs. When it comes to your transmission, frequent servicing identifies issues sooner rather than later.  

Keeping up with a servicing routine will help increase the longevity of your transmission and diagnose any other issues with your vehicle.  Depending on the type of service you choose, each service will check specific areas of the vehicle and recommend repairs that are required. This is great for those who are unaware of the warning signs of a bad transmission.


Check the fluid levels

Transmission fluid is a key factor in contributing to the longevity of your transmission’s life. The correct amount of fluid within your vehicle preserves the mechanical functions that ensure everything stays running smoothly. Keeping on top of your transmission fluid can help prevent you from running into major problems in the future.  

To keep up to date on the level as well as the condition of the fluid, we suggest you check the transmission fluid once a month.


Smooth gears transitions

For manual drivers, be mindful of the way you change your vehicle's gears.  Make sure you are pressing down on the clutch pedal far enough so that clutch is fully disengaged. This makes for a smooth transition. If you hear a clunking noise as you change gears, you are essentially forcing the gears into place. This can put a huge strain on your transmission and cause it to wear out quicker.

If you believe that you are currently having issues with your transmission and would like extra guidance, simply contact us or pop into your local garage. Alternatively, If you are interested in servicing your vehicle to ensure it runs smoothly and efficiently on the road, please feel free to book an appointment.



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