Transmission Safety Tips

  • Change your fluid regularly. Not changing your fluid according to the stipulations in your owner's manual can lead to transmission failure. You can read our article on how to change your transmission fluid.
  • Check the ground for transmission fluid leaks.
  • Make sure the fluid does not smell and is not burnt.
  • Check to see if there are obstructions near the radiator and air ducts.
  • Don't use overdrive in hilly and mountainous terrain.

General Maintenance and Safety Tips

  • Check all your hoses and belts regularly, if they are cracked, dry-rotted, worn, or bulging, replace them.
  • Look under the car for leaks other than transmission fluid.
  • Check your vehicle's tires for wear.
  • Keep the air pressure on your tires at the proper level (indicated on the tires) for better mileage and a safer drive.
  • Check fluid levels frequently, especially before taking a long trip.
  • Make sure your spare tire is ready to go if needed.

Driving Safety Tips

  • Buckle up! Buckle up! Buckle up!
  • Young or short children should be in the backseat of your car as airbags can be hazardous to them.
  • Using a cell phone in the car is not advisable . It distracts your attention while making calls and hanging up, impairs your hands (in the case of hand-held phones) and diverts your attention.
  • Don't eat, put on make up or do anything but drive while behind the wheel.
  • Keep both hands on the wheel, especially if dealing with snow (well maybe not in Los Angeles), rain or other hazardous conditions.
  • Anger leads to accidents! If someone cuts you off or doesn't let you in, brush it off and take the next safe opportunity.

Test Yourself:

Do you have your insurance policy information and important phone numbers in your glove box in case something happens?

Do you know what kind of transmission fluid your car takes?

Have you talked to your teenagers and new drivers in your family about car safety?

Check your owners' manual or when you bring your car in, just ask one of our certified technicians. They will be glad to answer any question you may have.