How long will your vehicle’s automatic transmission last? The truth is that there is not a single accurate answer. However, there are some reasonable estimates along with some related information you can use to extend the life of yours. Although some transmissions give out early and others seem to last almost forever, the typical expectation is that this important component will take you somewhere between 150,000 and 200,000 miles. For the average driver, that’s about a seven-year life span. As you’re estimating how far your car’s transmission will get you, make sure to choose Dave Wilkes Transmissions in Ventura, California, for all your transmission repair needs. Since 1993, we’ve been doing it all–replacing clutches, fixing both manuals and automatics, providing services such as transmission fluid exchange, and rebuilding or replacing if needed.
You’ve probably heard someone use the often-repeated adage, “Life is what you make it.” This is somewhat applicable to your automatic transmission, too. You can’t control everything, and you can’t make one last forever. There are, however, rules of thumb and best practices you can follow that can keep your transmission performing better and probably make it last longer. First, drive like you want your transmission to remain intact. You know what that means! It’s not good to race between stoplights–flooring it, slamming on brakes, and repeating. Second, don’t change gears while your automobile is still moving. This can cause internal gear damage. Finally, consider the weather. If you think it’s freezing, so does your car. Let your vehicle–and, therefore, the transmission fluid–warm a bit before you take off. That enables the fluid to lubricate moving parts better, reducing wear. Beyond sensible driving, periodically bring your transportation to our repair shop for transmission service. We can assist you with determining appropriate service intervals. We’ll help you ensure that your fluid is clean, not “burned,” and free of debris. Between visits, you should periodically check your fluid level yourself just as you do motor oil. Consider using synthetic lubricant as it will better resist breakdown. If your transmission experiences unusual stress (heavy towing, operating in extreme conditions, etc.), you may even think about adding a transmission cooler.
Making your transmission last is important. It saves you the time, hassle, and expense of a major overhaul or new transportation purchase. Get the most out of yours with automatic transmission repair performed by Dave Wilkes Transmissions. We’re always here to help you whether you need services such as a transmission fluid exchange or flush, moderate repairs, a rebuild, or even a complete transmission replacement.