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Driving Habits Specific to Automatic Transmission You Should Know

Driving Habits Specific to Automatic Transmission You Should Know | Import Auto Specialists

Automatic transmissions have simplified the driving experience for many drivers - no more manual shifting and worries. This means that there are specific driving habits tailored to this type of transmission that can enhance both performance and longevity.

Automatic Transmissions Explained

Before we delve into specific driving habits, let's take a closer look at the inner workings of automatic transmissions. Unlike manual transmissions, which rely on the driver to manually engage and disengage gears, automatic transmissions operate using a hydraulic system and a series of planetary gears.

Inside an automatic transmission, hydraulic fluid is used to transmit power from the engine to the wheels, allowing for seamless gear changes without any input from the driver. This hydraulic system, controlled by a complex network of valves and sensors, continuously monitors various factors such as vehicle speed, engine load, and throttle position to determine the optimal gear ratio for efficient power delivery.

Smooth Acceleration and Deceleration

One of the key benefits of automatic transmissions is their ability to smoothly accelerate and decelerate without the need for manual gear changes. When driving with an automatic transmission, it's essential to apply gentle pressure to the accelerator pedal to achieve smooth acceleration. Abrupt or aggressive acceleration can strain the transmission components and lead to premature wear and tear.

When coming to a stop, gradual deceleration is recommended to prevent unnecessary stress on the transmission. Avoid sudden braking whenever possible, as it can cause jarring shifts between gears and potentially damage the transmission over time.

Allowing the Transmission to Warm Up

In colder climates, it's advisable to allow the automatic transmission to warm up before driving off, especially on chilly mornings. Cold transmission fluid can be thicker and less effective in lubricating the transmission components, increasing the risk of damage. Allowing the engine to idle for a few minutes before driving gives the transmission fluid time to warm up, ensuring smoother gear changes and better overall performance.

Avoiding "Neutral Coasting" and "Neutral Drops"

Some drivers may engage in the practice of coasting in neutral or shifting to neutral while driving downhill to save fuel. However, this habit can be detrimental to automatic transmissions. When coasting in neutral, the transmission loses its ability to control engine speed, leading to increased wear on the transmission components.

Similarly, shifting abruptly from drive to neutral while the vehicle is in motion, known as "neutral drops," can cause significant stress on the transmission and result in damage. It's best to keep the transmission in drive or the appropriate gear at all times while driving.

Maintenance and Fluid Checks

Maintaining proper fluid levels and ensuring regular transmission service is essential for preserving the health of an automatic transmission. Regularly check the transmission fluid level according to the manufacturer's recommendations and have the fluid replaced at the recommended intervals.

Additionally, be attentive to any signs of transmission problems, such as slipping gears, delayed or rough shifting, or fluid leaks. Promptly addressing these issues can prevent more significant problems and prolong the transmission's lifespan.

While we are on the topic of maintenance, contact Import Auto Specialists and we will take care of all your car's needs! From simple repairs to transmission rebuilds, we do it all.

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