3 Transmission Don’ts (Updated)

 


Editor’s note: This post was originally published on 8/31/16 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehension.


A vehicle is a huge investment.


Taking care of it will ensure that it lasts a long time.


One of the most expensive things to replace on your vehicle is the transmission.


Here are some transmission FAQs to help you take good care of this important system.

1. Should I coast down a hill in neutral?

Many people think that they’ll save on fuel if they put their car in neutral and coast down a hill.


It seems to make sense because, if you put the car in neutral, the momentum of going downhill should power the car, right?


The thing is, modern vehicles are manufactured so that the car shuts off fuel to the engine at certain times.


As a result, you’ll be using only your wheels as “power.”


Here’s what else happens: You’ll have less control over the vehicle should you need to quickly swerve out of the way.


The car will also take longer to speed up, because the car isn’t in gear.


Finally, it’s illegal to do this in most states.

2. What’s the safest way to stop my car?

When you come to a stop in your car, of course you want to safely switch the transmission from reverse to drive, and vice versa.


You should always come to a complete stop when doing so to ensure that the car’s brakes do the work – and not the transmission.


You can damage the transmission’s bands and clutches by making it do the work of stopping. Remember, it’s only designed to shift gears.

3. How should I launch my car?

To get the most life out of your transmission, you should never launch the car.


It puts stress and strain on the transmission.


For example, never rev the engine while it’s in neutral and then shift it into drive to get the car moving.


It’ll damage the transmission’s band, which is very costly to replace.


Follow these rules to treat your car’s transmission well, and you’ll extend its life and protect your investment.


If you have questions about how to safely care for your car’s transmission, contact Serra Mazda today!


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