5 Tips for Maintaining Your Manual Transmission
Cars with manual transmission systems are engaging and offer some benefits that cars with automatic transmission systems lack. However, they also require regular maintenance of the transmission system to keep the engine running smoothly. Discover these five age-old tips for maintaining your car's manual transmission system.
1. Use the Clutch Carefully
Riding the clutch is a term that refers to pressing down on the clutch while shifting gears. It is often a common habit among new drivers. Riding the clutch strains the engine and gearbox, resulting in engine complications and repair costs down the road.
2. Avoid Downshifting When Slowing Down Your Vehicle
Downshifting refers to the use of transmission gears to slow down the car. It is a convenient alternative to using the brake pedal. However, it strains the gearbox and accelerates the wear and tear of your transmission. As such, it is advisable only to use the brake pedal whenever you need to slow down or come to a stop.
3. Service the Engine Cooling System Regularly
Your car's engine cooling system cools the fluids used in the manual transmission system. These fluids lubricate the internal mechanical parts to ensure that the gears move smoothly and prevent friction, which causes wear and tear. As such, it is important to have your vehicle’s engine cooling system serviced regularly.
4. Have the Transmission Flushed Regularly
The fluid in your car's transmission system has a limited life expectancy. It collects dirt over time, reducing its efficiency and making it a liability for the engine. As such, it should be flushed and changed periodically, depending on how much you drive and the vehicle's average operating temperature.
5. Schedule Annual Transmission Inspections
It is also advisable to schedule annual inspections for the transmission system – and your car as a whole. This will help identify potential problems before they get worse.
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At Custom Complete Automotive, our certified mechanics have experience working on all makes and models of vehicles and are equipped to handle all of your manual transmission repair needs. To learn more about our transmission repair services, or to schedule an appointment at one of our locations in Missouri, contact us today!
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Eric Riddles is an ASE Certified Master Automobile Technician who has been working as an auto mechanic since 1998 and originally joined the team at Custom Complete Automotive in 2005. Eric has numerous certifications in various aspects of car repair and spent 10 years training the next generation of auto technicians at a local high school Auto Shop classroom.