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Coleman Alignment & Auto Tech Question On Your Transmission
Coleman Alignment & Auto Tech Question:
My name is Suzanne. We were taking a camping trip at our favorite CO state park over a three day weekend. About half way to our campsite, the transmission went out on our minivan. It took all weekend to get towed out and get back home.
What can I do to prevent transmission problems in the future?
Coleman Alignment & Auto Answer:
Transmission repairs can be expensive at Montrose auto service centers. On top of that poor Suzanne was in the CO backcountry. Her vacation weekend turned into three days of car repairs.
Look, minivan transmissions are tough and durable. All you have to do to maintain them is replace the fluid on schedule. The fluid gets contaminated with bits of clutch plates and metal. Dirty transmission fluid under pressure acts like liquid sandpaper, eating away at important gaskets and seals. Then your transmission doesn’t shift as well. It can start to leak and overheat. And then you could end up like Suzanne.
Another thing: if you carry heavy loads or tow a trailer on Montrose highways, your transmission is working much harder and running hotter than under normal conditions. Your transmission fluid may need to be changed sooner. Check your minivan owner’s manual for your severe service schedule or talk with your appreciative Coleman Alignment & Auto service specialist about when you should have your transmission serviced.
Montrose motorists who do a lot of towing may want to consider adding an external transmission cooler to reduce transmission operating temperatures and extend its life.
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Coleman Alignment & Auto
328 North 8th Street
Montrose, CO 81401
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Montrose, CO 81401
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