Keep your transmission in the best shape possible!
In this day and age having transmission problems is no small deal. Most shops charge $50.00 to $95.00 to just run a scanner on your vehicle. Now if you add a tow bill and possibly having to rebuild your transmission, this can be an expensive ordeal. Since I have worked at a transmission shop almost my whole life, I have seen that most of the time, when people make the effort to take care of their vehicle, it usually pays off. Therefore let me try to give you some helpful tips to hopefully help your transmission last you as long as possible. 

1 I recommend servicing your transmission once a year, or every 12,000 to 15,000 miles.   

2 Most late model cars and especially commercial trucks, can benefit from installing a 18,000 to 28,000 G V W (Gross Vehicle Weight Rated) transmission cooler. (Before you need a transmission). 

3 Most trucks should gear down when pulling a hill, especially when you are carrying a heavy load or towing.

4 Check your transmission fluid to make sure it is full.  Also make sure the transmission fluid looks healthy and does not have a burnt smell.

5 If you develop a leak have it fixed immediately, you do not want to drive it low on transmission fluid and burn up your clutches.  

6 I would stay away from adding transmission additives to your transmission fluid. Most of them can cause more harm than good.   

7 This one is a little different, but very important. If you own a 1988-on Ford truck with a 4 or 6 and some 8 cylinder size engines and 5 speed M50D transmission. This tip can save you a lot of money. This is a good transmission, except the dealer put three rubber plugs in the back of the top shifter cover.  After a short period of time they leak. Often to the point where the transmission gears melt. Now just pull those rubber plugs out of there. Now tap in 5/8 freeze plugs. Make sure your transmission is full of lube. Now your transmission should live a lot longer, and you can spend your 950.00 to about 1350.00 on something else.

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