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Automatic Car Transmissions 101

It is interesting to note that most automatic car's manuals say that you do not have to change the transmission fluid regularly. This is not true though since a lot of car owners are going to the mechanic to have their burned out automatic transmissions fixed. Make it a point that you change your transmission fluid and your car once you hit 30,000 miles to be sure that your car is well maintained. This article will help you to discover some things about your automatic car transmission.Automatic transmissions generate so much heat caused by friction. These are the following: friction of the fluid churning inside the torque converter, friction created when the clutch plates engage, and the normal friction created by gears and bearings carrying their loads. This friction produces heat that can cause damage to your car's transmission. Overheating is the number one cause of car breakdowns.Make sure that you are using the correct type of automatic transmission fluid. Using the wrong fluid will cause damage to your ...


Car Maintenance Tips for Long Trips

Nothing puts a damper on a road trip like an auto breakdown. While accidents and other unforeseen events can create delays, it is possible to minimize the chances of breaking down by practicing some basic car maintenance before leaving on your trip. You should also continue that maintenance while on your trip. Some of this can be done yourself, while other tasks may require a trained mechanic. One of the first steps in preparing your car for a long trip is to begin with a thorough inspection of the tires. Check the tread all the way around each tire to make sure the wear is even. There should be plenty of tread left which allows for maximum control of the vehicle on slippery roads while breaking. If the tires are not worn evenly, it may be a good idea to replace them before hitting the road. Make sure that your front end is aligned and the new tires are balanced at the same time. It is also important to make sure that the car has fresh fluids and filters of all types. This means you should have the oil fil...


How to Change Your Brake Fluid

Has it been a while since you last changed your cars brake fluid? If so, you may want to give your car some attention on that. To help keep your car running smoothly, and out of the shop you will want to make sure you give your car the attention and maintenance it needs. Changing your cars brake fluid is a very important part in how your vehicle runs. Brake fluid over time can get dirty and start to thicken. Once it starts to reach that level it is long over due for a change. Not sure how to change your cars brake fluid? Check out the step by step instructions below to learn how you can change it yourself. Supplies needed: * Brake fluid based on your vehicle * A brake bleeding kit (vacuum) * Drip pan * A clean rag Not sure what kind of brake fluid you need? Check your owner's manual or ask a associate at an automotive store. Step by step instructions for changing your vehicles brake fluid: 1. Make sure you are in an area with some room and that your vehicle is shut off. 2. Once you have a place to wo...


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