Transmission Problems Caused by Battery Terminal Corrosion

Car Batteries and Your Transmission Every so often you notice it: The transmission shifts a little late, or maybe it seems to miss a gear entirely. Then it’s okay again… for a little while. Worst of all, there’s no rhyme or reason behind the condition. One minute it’s fine, the next it’s not. So you pop the hood and you notice it: A big mountain of corrosion on the battery terminals. You’ll have to take care of that, but it can’t have anything to do with the transmission, right? Wrong. In fact, there’s a good chance you just found your transmission problem. That’s because nearly every shift on today’s transmissions is operated electrically through a computer system. And that computer...

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10 Ways to Prolong the Life of Your Transmission

10 Ways to Prolong the Life of Your Transmission Check transmission fluid regularly and properly. (See owner's manual for details.) Check transmission fluid after running hot. Stop and go traffic, hilly terrain, hot weather, or towing can build up excess transmission heat causing fluid to be lost, damaged, or both. Check it no later than your next stop for gasoline. Install an external cooler in high stress conditions. Towing a trailer, hauling heavy loads, or being stuck in traffic often creates excessive transmission heat. An external cooler can help to prolong the life of your transmission by reducing heat and friction. Change transmission fluid more often in high stress conditions. Transmission fluid cools, cleans, and lubricates the internal transmission parts while providing the hydraulic...

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Fluid Leaks are the Main Cause of Transmission Failure

Fluid Leaks: The Main Cause of Transmission Failure An automatic transmission is a hydraulic system that operates on pressurized oil (fluid). This fluid lubricates the transmission and applies various friction devices (clutches and bands) at specific times to change gears and transfer power from the engine to the drive wheels. When the fluid drops below a safe level, lubrication and hydraulic pressure decrease, causing excessive wear to major transmission components and in some cases, immediate failure. With the proliferation of self-service gas stations, drivers are not checking fluid levels of many major vehicle systems, as they should. These include motor oil, brake and power steering fluid, antifreeze, windshield washer fluid, and of course, transmission fluid. Learn to spot transmission fluid...

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10 Things Not to do when you think you have a Transmission Problem

What Not to Do When You Have A Transmission Problem Don't let any unqualified person attempt to fix it in their driveway. They may do more harm than good in the long run. Don't have anyone install a used transmission from a junkyard or out of another vehicle that has not been evaluated by a professional. Transmission failure is partially a function of age and mileage. There is no way to tell if that used transmission has been abused or how many miles it really has on it. in addition, it may not be an exact match with yours, leading to all types of control problems especially with today's sophisticated electronic transmissions. How many times would you want to pay someone...

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