When it comes down to taking care of your vehicle, looking after the transmission is one of the most critical elements. The transmission is so crucial because it controls the process of switching gears, as your vehicle must do whenever you accelerate or decelerate. Some points of transmission maintenance are laid out below, so follow these tips and make sure to take your automobile to a transmission mechanic who can accommodate you. 

Make Sure That You Have Adequate Fluid Levels

You should frequently check your car's transmission fluid levels to be sure that the part isn't drying out. To do this, you'll need to park your car on a flat surface and start the engine. Let the engine idle for a few moments in order for it to warm up. Lift the hood so that you can access your transmission. Find the transmission stick, which is behind your engine and close to where the windshield is located. Pull out the transmission stick and assess the fluid -- it should be a pinkish color and should not have any kind of burnt smell. If it is burnt out or blackening, you will need to get it changed by a mechanic. Wipe the transmission fluid from the stick with a shop rag and then place it back into the reservoir. After you pull it out again, you'll get a reading of the levels -- make sure that the fluid is at least at the fill arrow. If not, add more. 

Get Your Transmission Inspected By A Mechanic

The best thing you can give your transmission is the attention of a mechanic. You'll need to take it in for a routine checkup every 30,000 to 60,000 miles so that they can inspect each and every part. They will also drain and flush all of your transmission fluid, replacing it with fresh fluid. They will prevent the part from deteriorating and will safeguard it from unnecessary damage. 

Care For Your Engine

Because your transmission maintenance also depends on a clean, efficiently working engine, you will need to provide for engine maintenance in order to protect your transmission health. You can do this by changing the oil every 3,000 to 7,000 miles, check and tighten your belts and hoses and get an engine tune up and spark plugs changed. Always use the gas grade suggested by your vehicle manufacturer to avoid deposits in your engine. 

Follow these tips and reach out to a transmission mechanic for help. 

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