Because driving it is so much simpler, many motorists prefer an automatic transmission—but what vehicle owners need to know is that this critical automotive system requires some special maintenance and care.
Some things to be aware of:
- Watch out for any leaks or stains that might appear under the vehicle, especially if they appear to have a red hue. This could be spilled fluid. If you’re leaking fluid, you’ll want to get it looked at immediately to prevent further damage to the engine.
- Be wary of any new noises or vibrations, or unusual behavior when the engine shifts gears. If it seems like driving the car causes the engine sudden, undue stress, you’ll want to have it inspected right away.
- Make sure to change the transmission fluid periodically. Your owner’s manual will tell you how often to do this, but it will likely be every 25,000 miles or so. If you’re not sure how to do this you can always have the car professionally serviced at your local Meineke Car Care Center.
Automatic transmissions make life easier for drivers—so make sure that you do everything you can to take care of yours!