Here’s How You Can Ruin Your Transmission. Oh, transmission – it’s so important, yet sometimes we treat it like it doesn’t even matter. Your transmission is what protects your engine while you drive at high speeds. It helps you drive at low speeds, with much less hassle, since it eliminates the need for the clutch. It helps your engine cope with and carry the weight of your vehicle too. That’s why you need to stop doing these things (we’ll give you 7 of them): STOP overheating your vehicle so much! 200 degrees is usually the highest temperature that your transmission should be exposed to. Going higher than that can lessen the lifespan of your transmission. As a matter of fact, “for every 20 degrees you go above this limit, you risk cutting the expected lifespan of the transmission by a factor of two.”. STOP slacking on your fluid levels! Transmission breakdowns are an impending doom when your transmission fluid runs out or your transmission is operation on fluids that are at a really low level. The fluids serve to keep the components in the transmission from grinding and overheating – it keeps them cool and lubricated.. STOP not changing the fluid! Follow your owner’s manual and change the fluid when it’s scheduled to be changed.. STOP using the wrong fluid! There is no substituting of fluids or mixing of fluids – manual transmissions and automatic transmissions don’t use the same fluid, so be careful with that.. STOP driving so fast all the time! That can cause major heat within your transmission, especially if your vehicle wasn’t made to race.. STOP going so hard on the brakes! This can damage things like your engine or your transmission mount, and in return, cause transmission damage too.. STOP and let your engine warm up before you drive! You’ve got to remember that your transmission fluid’s temperature should be at operating temperature in order to work properly. Just give it a couple minutes and then you can go. If you are looking for mobile vehicle services in Ottawa, battery boosting, tire changes, oil changes, or mobile car repairs then give us a call to book your mobile vehicle services today. We also repair and tune-up small engines such as lawn mowers and snow blowers. The best part is that we come to you so no more waiting in line or traveling back and forth to fix your vehicles and small engine equipment.