Auto Repair in Centralia, WA

Healthy Transmission, Happy Car


Keeping your car's transmission in top condition is like maintaining your body; the more preventative maintenance you do, the less likely you'll be taking it to a doctor. Here are a few apple-a-day tips to keep your vehicle's transmission healthy and happy.

1.  Transmission Fluid Check

If your car or truck has an automatic transmission, take a look at your owner's manual to see how often, where and how to check the transmission fluid level. The fluid in an automatic maneuvers the clutch while providing lubrication and cooling, making it the lifeblood of the transmission.

2.  Transmission & Engine Service

Just as it's essential to change your oil every 5,000 miles or so, it's important to have a complete transmission fluid and filter change every 30,000 miles or so. Relatively inexpensive, this can add years to your transmission's life and save you big money down the road. Little known fact: keeping your engine tuned also reduces stress on your transmission.

3.  Don't Ignore Problems

Taking care of a cold before it leads to pneumonia is common sense, as is promptly taking your car to a transmission repair shop if you notice any changes in the operation of the transmission, fluid leakage or warning dashboard lights. Prevent costly repairs by catching any problems as soon as they start.

4.  Stay Cool

Heat is a transmission's biggest enemy and one of the most common causes of transmission failure. Keeping your cooling system serviced and functioning properly will help keep your transmission cool, and if you live in a hot climate or tow a trailer, installing an auxiliary transmission cooler will help keep your car's transmission from getting heat stroke. Include an inexpensive cooler line filter to remove dirt and metal particles before they clog tiny transmission fluid passages.

5.  Professional Help

Your transmission is a delicate machine, so have it serviced at a professional transmission repair shop. Based on your diving habits, a pro might suggest adding a friction modifier to the transmission fluid, for example. Professional service can easily save you thousands in future repairs and keep your vehicle on the road longer.

For professional transmission help, the technicians at Transmissions Unlimited in Centralia, can be reached at 360-736-2548 or

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Written and Published By MORBiZ


Transmissions Unlimited
1130 Kresky Ave.
Centralia, WA 98531