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3 Ways To Take Care Of Your Truck's Transmission

by Cherly Fowler

The transmission on your truck can be one of the most expensive parts to replace, which is why you want to keep it in such good shape that you don't need to every replace it, you just need to maintain it. Here are a few things you can do to ensure that your truck's transmission never goes out on you.

#1 Get Your Clutch Inspected

You need to have your clutch on your truck inspected on a regular basis. A good rule of thumb is to have your clutch inspected every two or three oil changes. When your clutch is inspected, the mechanic will make sure that it is operating smoothly and that it is not wearing down at all. Having your clutch checked every two or three oil changes will ensure that you know when your clutch is wearing down so you can budget and plan to have it replaced.

#2 Replace Clutch Components As Needed

If you replace the individual components on your clutch as they wear out, you may be able to avoid having to replace your entire clutch on your vehicle. When you have your clutch inspected, make sure that your mechanic lets you know if any of the individual components needs to be replaced. Replace these components as suggested by your mechanic. Fixing the small issues with your clutch will help prevent you from needing to replace your entire clutch. A clutch that is operating effectively will extend the life of your vehicle's transmission.

#3 Get Your Transmission Serviced On Time

Your transmission has a recommended service schedule. Check inside of your owner's manual to figure out the recommended service period for your transmission. When you get your transmission serviced, the fluids inside of it will be released and refilled, which is referred to as a transmission flush. Getting your transmission flushed according to the manufacturer's recommended schedule will extend the life of your transmission. When you get your transmission flushed, have your mechanic inspect your entire transmission at that time to identify if any small parts need to be serviced.

#4 Drive Rough? Schedule More Frequent Service

Finally, if you are a rough driver, you should get your vehicle serviced more frequently. For example, if you frequently carry really heavy loads with your vehicle, you should get your transmission serviced more frequently. Or if you drive long distances on a frequent basis, your transmission will need more attention. Or if you drive really aggressively, you could easily wear out your transmission. If any of the three situations above apply to you, make sure that you get your transmission flushed and services on a slightly more regular basis than is recommended in your owner's manual. 

If you follow the four tips above, you should be able to keep your truck's transmission in great working shape and avoid ever having to completely replace it.

For transmission repair, contact a company such as Atomic Transmissions.