Automatic Transmission Fluid & Manual Transmission Fluid: What’s the Difference?

Back in 2006, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) offered buyers the choice between an automatic and a manual transmission in 47 percent of new cars. Fast forward to 2018, when only 2 percent of vehicles sold had a manual transmission, according to edmunds.com. 



What is a CVT Transmission?

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“CVT” stands for continuously variable transmission. A CVT transmission uses a pair of variable-diameter pulleys and a belt or chain to provide unlimited gear ratios.



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.



What Kind of Transmission Fluid Do I Need?

How to Check Transmission Fluid

Finding out what kind of transmission fluid you need can be a challenge. Take a look at just a few of the dozens of automatic transmission fluid (ATF) specifications on the market:



Common Fixes for a Transmission that Jerks or Hesitates

automatic transmission fluid additive

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

old vw beetle maintenance

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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How Often Should I Change Transmission Fluid?

How to Check Transmission Fluid

How often you should change transmission fluid 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,

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Do Transmission Fluid Additives Work?

automatic transmission fluid additive

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:



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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