According to the Automatic Transmission Rebuilders Association, 90% of ALL transmission failures are caused by overheating. Most of these can be blamed on worn out fluid that should have been replaced. For optimum protection, change the fluid and filter every 30,000 miles. What kind of automatic transmission fluid should you use in your transmission? The type specified in your owner’s manual or printed on the transmission dipstick. For older Ford automatics and certain imports, Type “F” is usually required. Most Fords since the 1980s require “Mercon” fluid, which is Ford’s equivalent of Dexron II. For General Motors, Chrysler and other imports, Dexron II is usually specified.
Repair or replace the transmission? Deciding on which would be better for you depends on what is wrong with the transmission you have. If your transmission can be repaired with a minor repair or overhaul it can be more cost effective then replacing your transmission. We help you make the best choice possible after we inspect your transmission. Free Estimates are given for any transmission repair service and towing is available.
1. Keep your car clean. Mud on the undercarriage can weigh a significant amount and slow you down.
2. Consolidate your daily trips and errands. This will also save you the cost of restarting your engine, which uses a lot of gas.
3. Avoid air conditioning when possible. However, when driving at higher speeds, having your windows open also creates drag.
4. Don’t throttle the gas or brake pedal! Sudden starts or stops use more gas than gradual changes in speed.
5. Don’t idle for too long. Turn off the engine if you anticipate a lengthy wait.
6. Limit car warm-ups in winter.
7. Clear out the trunk. More weight equals more drag.
8. Avoid high speeds. We know this is almost impossible to resist but you can improve your gas mileage by up to 15 percent driving at 55 mph rather than 65 mph.
9. Use overdrive. If your car is equipped with overdrive gearing use it as soon as your speed is high enough.
10. Use cruise control. Maintaining a constant speed is ideal for improving your gas mileage.