The transmission is one of the most important parts of a properly functioning vehicle. It is mounted directly to the vehicle's engine and its main function is to make sure that the right amount of power goes to the vehicle's wheels, allowing you to drive at a certain speed.
One important aspect of the transmission itself is the transmission fluid. Transmission fluid not only lubricates the moving parts but also helps keep the transmission cool as well as provides pressure and friction to make sure all the internal parts are working well.
Driving your vehicle with low transmission fluid is a danger to both, your vehicle and to you as the driver. Low fluid causes wear and tear on the transmission, which in turn makes the transmission run too hot until it eventually runs the risk of failing.
For this reason, try to stay on top of the transmission fluid, making sure it does not reach a point of being too low.
Fortunately for most drivers, even the ones not too knowledgeable in the area of cars, keeping track of your transmission fluid is easier than you might think. A large number of vehicles have a specific transmission warning light that lets the vehicle driver know the transmission needs a check-up. However, those vehicles that do not have a specific transmission warning light, will still have the check engine light come on which notifies the driver of a possible early transmission failure.
For best practice, whenever a warning light turns on in your vehicle's dashboard, it is best to keep driving down to a minimum until you can have your vehicle inspected and the root of the problem taken care of.
For extra protection, you can always open the hood of your car and manually check the transmission fluid level using the dipstick attached to the cap of the fluid container.
Remember, your safety and the safety of those around you could depend on your ability to make sure your vehicle is in top operating condition.
If you need transmission repair, we invite you to bring your vehicle to our auto repair shop today!