Transmission Care Tips


The Automatic Transmission Rebuilders Association and Larry’s Transmission recommend the following tips if maximum operational economy of your transmission is to be realized.

• Fluid and filters should be changed every year or 12,000 miles, whichever comes first.

• Automatic transmission fluid should be checked every 10,000 miles, and its level, color, and smell noted.

• Leaking fluid is often-times your transmissions way of “yelling for help”.

• If leaks are noticed you should consult your ATRA certified technician right away.

• Be aware of changes in the driving characteristics of your car- late or early shifting, slipping- or noises of any kind should be diagnosed, immediately for both economical and safety reasons!

• Excessive heat is a major cause of premature transmission failure. Have your vehicles cooling system checked regularly and any repairs made without delay.

• Your vehicle should not be made to exceed the manufacturers recommendations for weight limits-loading-or-trailering. This will cause overheating and can reduce transmission fluid life tremendously.

• Proper engine tune-up is extremely important to the life of your transmission. Some transmissions use engine vacuum to control shift quality and hydraulic pressure, making “engine tune” even more critical.

• Early diagnosis and repair are your best defense against transmission failure.

Proper care and quality service will keep your vehicle running smoothly for years. Take care of your car and your car will take care of you!