I think it's really important to know a bit about the internals of a car, so that when you are getting your car serviced you can talk intelligently with the auto technician. As well, there are many easy DIY jobs you can do on your car to save your some money which can make all the difference when you are young and starting out. This site is where I am recording everything I am teaching my kids about auto servicing, and because I think it will be useful to many other families as well. I hope you find it useful for your family.
You rely on your vehicle's transmission to always be in good working order. It is a very important part of your vehicle's mechanical system, controlling the operation of the vehicle. If your transmission fails, you could have severe engine trouble or your cooling system could be faulty and your vehicle will overheat. Here are some ways to keep up with proper maintenance of the transmission.
Get the Transmission Fluid Flushed
Not only do you need to check the transmission fluid on a regular basis, when you are checking other fluids in the car, but occasionally have it flushed as well. Whenever you go for an oil change or a tune-up, talk to the auto mechanic about having the system flushed. They will empty the current transmission fluid, clean out the system with a water flush, then put in new transmission fluid. This not only ensures you have quality fluid to let the transmission run smoothly, but helps to clean it out as well.
Clean Out the Transmission
There are also some other cleaning tasks you need to do with the car's transmission. Grime and build-up of fluid can occur in and around the transmission, which starts to affect its overall quality. When you have sludge in the transmission, it needs to be removed. You may find the build-up of fluids and junk on top or on the sides of the transmission, near the engine, in the pan or the gasket. Make sure you keep all of these areas cleaned on a regular basis.
Keep the Cooling System Maintained
Believe it or not, the cooling system in your vehicle also makes a big difference with how well the transmission is and how the car runs overall. If your cooling system starts to fail, it has a major effect on the transmission and engine. Make sure you check the cooling system fluids regularly, including the radiator fluid, coolant, and water reservoir. Install a heat exchanger in the radiator tank as well to provide coolant for the transmission fluid. If the vehicle is overheating, have the cooling system inspected right away.
Have it Inspected and Serviced
Regular inspections and servicing also need to be done with the transmission. Far too often, vehicle owners don't bring their car into a mechanic until they are already experiencing problems. At this point, it might mean a lot of money being spent on repairs. The best thing you can do is schedule regular maintenance of your transmission and other parts of the car's mechanical system.