It is easy to take your brakes for granted, at least until you need them. When that crazy driver runs a stop sign or the texting teenager blows through a red light, you will instantly understand why taking good care of your brakes is so important.
The same is true of your transmission. When your vehicle is shifting smoothly and everything is working as it should be, it is easy to take your transmission for granted. But when your gears are grinding and your vehicle refuses to shift, you will know how important your transmission really is.
Taking Good Care of Your Brakes
If you take good care of your brakes, they will return the favor, and proper brake care starts with you – the driver. You know your vehicle best, and you know when something is not quite right.
If you notice that the brake pedal feels spongy, or that it goes closer to the floor than it used to, it is time to bring your vehicle in for service. Brake problems cannot wait, and you do not want to put yourself and your passengers at risk.
Taking good care of your brakes also means checking the brake fluid level at regular intervals and looking for potential leaks. If the brake fluid reservoir is low, it is important to have the leak identified and fixed right away.
Transmission Maintenance for a Smoother Ride
Whether the vehicle in your driveway has a standard transmission or an automatic one, if you want it to last you need to maintain it properly. Many drivers do not know that they should change their transmission fluid on a regular basis, or that their transmission needs regular service to stay running smoothly.
Over time, the fluid inside the transmission can begin to break down, interfering with its ability to lubricate the system and filter out impurities. Having your transmission flushed and filled with new fluid can maintain the proper operation of the vehicle and help you avoid a big repair bill down the line.
Check Your Transmission Fluid
If you want to know how healthy, or not, your transmission is, you can tell a lot from the fluid inside the system. You will want to check the transmission fluid with the vehicle running, making sure the vehicle is parked on a level surface.
Slowly pull out the dipstick for the transmission, then carefully smell the fluid it contains. If the fluid smells burnt or has a foul odor, you will want to schedule an appointment with your mechanic. You should also worry if you see flecks of metal in the transmission fluid, or if the fluid is brown or black in color.
Taking care of your vehicle does not have to be difficult or time-consuming. Once you know what to look for, you can schedule an appointment with J&R Automotive for all your brake and transmission service needs. Just give us a call today to discuss your car care needs and how we can help.