Transmission Flush vs Fluid Change: Which is Better?

It depends on what you want to accomplish. But, first of all, check your owner’s manual to see if your vehicle manufacturer recommends one instead of the other.



9 Tips for Safe Trailer Towing

Chevrolet silverado 1500 Towing Camper

Friends of mine in Minneapolis were driving on Highway 35, talking about this and that, minding their own business, when – Wham! A trailer carrying a boat slammed into their car.



Remember This When Trying to Find Which Transmission Fluid You Need

How to Check Transmission Fluid

Take a look at just a few of the dozens of automatic transmission fluid (ATF) specifications on the market: ATF+4 Mercon V Mercon LV Dexron VI ATF DW-1 ATF T-IV SP-IV Toyota ATF-WS Honda DW (ZF Diamond SP-IV You’ve likely heard the term analysis paralysis.



Common Fixes for a Transmission that Jerks or Hesitates

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Here are a few common reasons why your transmission may shift erratically, jerk or hesitate. • Low fluid level • Depleted fluid frictional properties • Poor cold-temperature fluidity



8 Overlooked Maintenance Services that Can Help Extend Vehicle Life

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Despite the hassle and cost of unplanned maintenance, too many of us neglect our vehicles until something fails. These eight often overlooked services can not only help avoid expensive repairs, they can boost vehicle performance, too. Change Transmission Fluid Changing motor oil is the poster child for good vehicle maintenance, and for good reason. But

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What is a CVT Transmission?

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“CVT” stands for continuously variable transmission. Which means saying “CVT transmission” is redundant, like saying “PIN number” instead of just “PIN”. A CVT uses a pair of variable-diameter pulleys and a belt or chain to provide unlimited gear ratios.



How Often Should I Change Transmission Fluid?

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It depends on your vehicle and driving habits. That’s a cop-out. But, it’s true. Automatic-transmission-fluid-change recommendations vary from one original equipment manufacturer (OEM) to another. Plus, if your driving habits are like most motorists and fall under the “severe” designation (towing, hauling, daily short trips less than 10 miles, etc.), many OEMs recommend changing transmission

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Do Transmission Fluid Additives Work?

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Walk the aisles of most auto parts stores and you’ll find multiple “mechanic-in-a-bottle”-type additives that claim to restore transmission performance. The claims made typically include some variation of the following:



Low Transmission Fluid Symptoms

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We’re all familiar with the automakers’ longstanding best-in-class horsepower and towing-capacity wars. Each model year seems to feature a vehicle whose brute strength and towing capacity dwarf those of the outgoing models. Lately, automakers have found new turf over which to battle: the number of automatic transmission gears. No self-respecting automaker, it seems, will introduce

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How to Check Transmission Fluid (and What Type Do I Need)?

How to Check Transmission Fluid

It’s a good idea to check your vehicle’s transmission fluid about once a month to monitor fluid level and condition. Check the fluid immediately if the transmission jerks, hesitates or shifts hard. 1. Obtaining a correct reading on the dipstick requires the fluid to be warm and the engine to be running. To begin, park

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