what to look for in a transmission

What Should I Be Looking For in a New Transmission?

Getting a new transmission installed is a major addition to your vehicle that requires the proper attention and research. When you’re in the market for a new car transmission, there are several key factors to consider before making your purchase.


Luckily, we have some great tips on ensuring you make the right choice for your vehicle's make and model, as well as prepping for bulk sales in the summer. 


Fortunately, you as the vehicle owner have a great deal of control over how your transmission operates, which is what truly determines how a transmission should suit your vehicle.


Need a new transmission? Here are some essential tips to keep in mind!


First and foremost, pay attention to the car transmission's size. The size of the car transmission is essential for determining how much power it will provide and what type of vehicle it can be used in. Make sure to research the car transmission’s size, as well as its power rating, before you make a purchase. 


Second, consider any warranty or return policy that comes with the car transmission. Many car transmissions come with a limited period of coverage and may require additional services in order to remain reliable over time. Ensure you understand what sorts of services are required and whether you’ll be able to obtain them.


Third, consider car transmission performance ratings. Performance ratings indicate how well a car transmission will operate in different driving conditions. Research car transmission performance ratings prior to purchasing to ensure the car transmission you select is appropriate for your car model's intended use.


Finally, car transmissions tend to go on sale during the summer months. If you’re looking for a good deal, keep an eye out for car transmission sales and promotions throughout the summer.


Am I the only driver that operates my vehicle?


Take this into consideration when you are operating your vehicle. Multiple drivers increase the volume at which your vehicle is being used, which inherently will elevate the amount of time you'll need to spend on maintenance. 


Whether or not your vehicle is used by multiple drivers, you'll still need to assess your vehicle performance from time to time if possible. If you don't feel comfortable doing so, have your vehicle professionally inspected. Go to a mechanic you trust first, and then you'll be able to adequately understand if you have a transmission running well.


What can a faulty transmission impact?


Your vehicle's transmission has a massive impact on virtually every other piece of the vehicle. Without a transmission that runs well, your brakes, engine, oil, steering wheel, and general driving ability will be heavily impacted. 


This will be easily noticeable if your vehicle starts to have peculiar smells, your check engine light has come on multiple times recently, or seems to not be functioning at all. In the case your vehicle breaks down, be sure to get an update from your mechanic on how your transmission is running. As stated before, your transmission commonly will have a residual negative effect on all other vehicle components when running poorly. 


What makes a transmission higher or lower in quality?


This will come down to the make of your vehicle, automatic/manual functionality, gear shifts, and vehicle fuel efficiency. The most highly efficient vehicles in terms of fuel usage will benefit greatly from functional transmissions. However, the quality primarily will come down to a few main qualities: if the transmission is easily serviceable, if it is durable, and what you can expect for its impact on your vehicle's lifetime value. 


Performance expectations


Your performance will come down to the consistency in which you get your vehicle maintained overall. Notice that it isn't just your transmission's impact. If you don't regularly check up on how the rest of your vehicle is doing as well, the overall performance will diminish. Low tire pressure for extended periods of time, oil changes going unaddressed, etc. Practicing good fundamentals as a vehicle owner will only extend your transmission's ability to operate at the highest level.


Final Thoughts


By considering each of these factors prior to making your car transmission purchase, you can ensure that your car is running in top condition for years to come.


If you are looking to upgrade your transmission, or are preparing for some new installs, we'd love for you to check out our inventory. We have a strong selection at affordable prices to best customize our offers to your vehicle. In addition, our transmission reliability will leave your vehicle driving like a dream. We're looking forward to seeing you on the site and speaking with you soon!


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