Advanced Transmission Care: 3 Tips to Get Past 200,000 Miles

Posted by on Monday, December 8th, 2014

An automatic transmission can last a long time if you treat it well. Image source: Wikimedia Commons

If you want your transmission to last a long time, follow these three tips.
Image source: Wikimedia Commons

Have you ever wondered about the things you can do to help your transmission last for the long haul? If so, don’t worry, because you’re not alone. In the following sections, we’re going to provide you with 3 transmission care tips that you can apply right away to help get  past the legendary 200,000-mile mark.

Tip #1: Change The Fluids

You probably heard this a lot, and rightfully so. Changing out your fluids (especially your transmission fluid) is the most important tip to keep in mind if you want to ensure that your vehicle runs smoothly past 200,000 miles. Keep in mind that you should always consider changing out your transmission fluid way ahead of what your owner’s manual tells you – it’s better to be safe than sorry.

And while you’re at it, make sure that you top off and/or replace other important fluids, like coolant and brake fluid, as well as change out your oil regularly. Preventative maintenance is the best way to not only keep more money in your pocket (since you’ll be less likely to pay thousands of dollars in repairs later), but it will also help push your vehicle well past the 200,000-mile mark. The 6L80 & 6L90 GM 6-Speed Automatic Transmission comes equipped with a late style stator support shaft that is designed to help discourage seal leakage in your transmission.

Tip #2: Check For Leaks

This tip is pretty straightforward – make sure that you regularly check underneath your vehicle for leaks! A leaky transmission might cost you a few hundred dollars to repair, but if you allow the problem to worsen, you’ll probably end up paying thousands more.

If you have an older vehicle and the transmission goes bad, it probably wouldn’t even make sense to replace it considering that a transmission replacement would likely cost more than the actual repair. Tying back into to the premise of this article– make sure that you take extreme precautionary measures so that small problems (like transmission fluid leaks) don’t turn into more serious ones later on down the road.

Tip #3: Frequently Drive at Highway Speeds

This is a tip for transmission longevity as much as it is for the longevity of your vehicle as a whole. Most car owners have been led to believe that never taking their vehicle past 60 MPH or never traveling long distances is going to “preserve” their engine and its corresponding parts. Unfortunately, this is false! Paradoxically, you shouldn’t be trying to “baby” your car (don’t worry, because this doesn’t mean what you think it does).

What do we mean by this? Basically, you should regularly be taking your car onto the highway and be traveling highway speeds while there. If you only drive your vehicle back a fourth one or two miles per day, the engine is never going to be given enough time to power itself up and destroy the “gunk” that has built up inside. This tip is important for transmission longevity as well as overall vehicle longevity, and should help you reach that 200,000-mile mark that so many drivers strive for with their vehicles.

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