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Buying a Used Vehicle

Welcome to my website. My name is Frances Reed. If you’re considering buying a used car, you are in the right place. I recently had my first experience with purchasing a used car and want to share some tips I learned along the way. When I began my search, the important things were color, comfort, and low mileage. I ended up with a green vehicle (which isn't on my favorite color list,) it has over 150,000 miles driven, but it is comfortable. I was very fortunate and had a friend who’s a mechanic come with me to test drive vehicles. Tip number one: be sure you have a mechanic check out vehicles before you buy. I hope I can offer you some valuable information here.



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3 Simple Tricks To Make Your Transmission Last Forever

by Connor Ferguson

Today's cars are nothing short of a marvel of engineering. They are safer, faster, more accommodating, and more reliable than ever before. Yet, no part of your car will last forever; few vehicles make it past 10 years of service to a single driver. Since the transmission is often the first and most crucial major component to require replacement, extra care must be taken to ensure its preservation. Here are three simple tricks to make your transmission last forever.

1. Closely monitor the fluid condition.

The proper functionality and endurance of your transmission depends largely upon the fluid that cools it. The fluid must be just right in order for the gearbox to work its best. Too little fluid makes the gears overheat and warp. Fill too much fluid, however, and the gears will churn the fluid into a bubbly froth, creating many tiny pockets of heat that disturb an otherwise well-balanced machine. Excess heat is never good for the gears, but neither is the opposite extreme. Transmissions work best within an optimal temperature range, so any temperature far below that makes the fluid excessively thick, making it very hard for the gears to turn and switch effortlessly. Run the engine for at least a minute to give the fluid a chance to warm up before driving.

2. Tow with extreme care.

It is never a good idea to tow weights exceeding the specifications in your vehicle's owner's manual. Such excess effort strains the vehicle with extreme pressure, and where there's pressure, there's heat. And too much heat is bad for your gears, you know. When you are towing loads within the specified range, turn the overdrive feature on your shifter off. This will make the transmission downshift, so that the extra effort from the engine takes strain off of the transmission. The lesser the pressure and strain on the transmission, the better.

3. Pause deliberately when shifting from reverse to drive.

Driving in reverse is no small feat for a transmission, for it has to quickly shift the momentum of its gears entirely to turn the drive shaft opposite the direction of the engine's rotation. Rushing the transition between reverse and drive gears will do nothing but strip the gears of threading and weaken their links, effectively reducing the lifespan of your gearbox. Be especially careful on slippery surfaces like mud, snow, and ice; for it's easy to think the wheels have stopped spinning when they are still moving fast enough to cause damage to your gears should you shift abruptly.

Each of these three tricks serve to provide the ideal operating conditions for the transmission. If you do notice any issues with your transmission, be sure to take it into an auto shop that provides transmission services. As long as you do all possible to avoid disrupting those ideal operating conditions, your vehicle with rack up several hundred thousand miles on the same transmission.