How Do You Know if You Have a Bad Transmission?
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How Do You Know if You Have a Bad Transmission?

A transmission plays an important role in the operation of your car. And if the transmission goes, it can be an expensive problem to fix. Luckily, many cars give off warning signs that it needs repair before it completely dies. Unfortunately, many people have no idea what these warning signs are. If you don't know what the warning signs are, don't feel alone. I was once in the same position and ultimately, it caused me to have to replace the transmission in my car because I missed these signs. I created this website to help others identify when it needs to be repaired. If you notice any signs of a problematic transmission, head to a repair shop quickly to save yourself a lot of money!


How Do You Know if You Have a Bad Transmission?

Three Ways To Get Your Truck Ready For Winter

Diane Bishop

If you drive a diesel truck, you know that these great vehicles do not like the winter months. Many people choose to drive a diesel engine due to the reliability, lack of electrical components, and better fuel economy. There are a few drawbacks to owning a diesel and most of them have to do with the winter months. Here are three things you should do to prepare your truck for the long, hard, winter months.

Change Fluids

While a traditional gas engine may only require a lower weight oil, a diesel engine requires you to change all fluids before the temperature begins to drop. You will want to switch your traditional fluids over to synthetic. This includes:

  • transmission fluid
  • oil
  • differential
  • transfer case
  • power steering

Synthetic fluids tend to flow better during those cold winter months. You should change these fluids before the temperature drops too low to avoid problems with your engine.

Check For and Repair Leaks

While you are changing all of your fluids over to synthetics, this is a great time to inspect your truck for leaks. If you notice fluids leaking from seals or hoses, now is the time to fix the leak. Waiting until the temperature plummets will result in the job taking twice as long due to cold hands and frozen fluids. While inspecting your truck for leaks, you should change your coolant and check your thermostat and heater core.

Inspect Electrical Components

Many diesel owners forget to check the electrical components of their truck until it is too late. Diesel engines can take several long minutes to warm up after sitting in cold weather. For this reason, you will need to plug your truck in to a 110v outlet to keep the engine block warm while your truck is sitting in the driveway. During the fall months, you will want to inspect the coolant heater cables to be sure they are working properly.

Winter weather and chemicals that are spread on the road can wreak havoc on your battery. To prevent this, you should coat your battery terminals with a corrosion inhibitor and keep it clean. You can protect your battery function during the cold weather by using a battery blanket or battery tender. A batter blanket will keep your battery warm while a battery tender will keep a small electrical charge on your battery.

Don't wait until your truck won't start on the coldest day of the year. Get your truck ready at places like Independent Diesel Sales Ltd for those long, hard winter months in the fall months to avoid making repairs in the cold.