Porter Tire & Auto Tech Question:
My name is Suzanne. We were taking a camping trip at our favorite KY state park over a three day weekend. About half way to our campsite, the transmission went out on our family car. It took all weekend to get towed out and get back home.
What can I do to prevent transmission problems in the future?
Porter Tire & Auto Answer:
Transmission repairs can be expensive at Olive Hill auto service centers. On top of that poor Suzanne was in the KY backcountry. Her vacation weekend turned into three days of car repairs.
Look, family car transmissions are tough and durable. All you have to do to maintain them is replace the fluid on schedule. The fluid gets contaminated with bits of clutch plates and metal. Dirty transmission fluid under pressure acts like liquid sandpaper, eating away at important gaskets and seals. Then your transmission doesn’t shift as well. It can start to leak and overheat. And then you could end up like Suzanne.
Another thing: if you carry heavy loads or tow a trailer on Olive Hill highways, your transmission is working much harder and running hotter than under normal conditions. Your transmission fluid may need to be changed sooner. Check your family car owner’s manual for your severe service schedule or talk with your caring Porter Tire & Auto technician about when you should have your transmission serviced.
Olive Hill car owners who do a lot of towing may want to consider adding an external transmission cooler to reduce transmission operating temperatures and extend its life.
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18361 West US 60
Olive Hill, KY 41164