One of the most little-known ways to stretch out the life of your transmission is simply going neutral. A lot of us are used to staying in gear no matter where we are, or how long we have to wait. If you can get out of this bad habit and stay out of it, you’ll make a huge difference to the overall state of your transmission. Whenever you come to a long queue behind some lights, or you know that you’re going to be waiting somewhere for some time, put it into neutral and let the car idle. The beauty of this tip is how simple it is. When you’re not working the engine so much, the transmission doesn’t get as strained. It therefore lasts much longer!
Finally, using external coolers to prevent overheating. This is an especially effective tip if you know you’re working your transmission a little harder than the manufacturers foresaw. Transmissions in vehicles which are used to haul other cars around, or carry heavy loads like tools and raw materials, are extremely prone to overheating due to the strain caused by the excess weight. This is even more of a concern when you’re regularly driving over steep, hilly terrain. When you install an external cooler, it can make all the difference. When your transmission is working too hard, an external cooler will cool it down and keep it at a safe, regulated temperature. This, in turn, will help to prevent a lot of expensive damage to your transmission. You can buy a good external cooler from pretty much any auto supply store, and you won’t need to pay a big service charge as they’re easy to install.
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