5 Things You Should Never Do in an Automatic Car

Rev up your engines because today I’m going to talk about the Top 5 Things You Should Never Do in an Automatic Car if you want it to last.

Automatic transmissions cost a lot of money to fix if they go bad. 

Rebuilding them can cost three, four, even five thousand dollars. 

So you want to take care of them and I’m going to show you five things that you never want to do with them.

1. Don’t Drive Trough Deep Water

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vent for release pressure

You never want to drive an automatic car through deep water and here’s why, 

There is  a vent on automatic transmissions as the fluid gets hot and expands and contracts to release pressure.

 The case is, if you go through water that will suck water into the transmission.

And let’s just say water and automatic transmissions do not go together, if you get water in your automatic transmission, sometimes you get lucky and flush it out and it’ll work. 

But often it will destroy the entire transmission and you’ll need a new one.

2. Never Shift Gear Drive into Reverse While Moving The Vehicle

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Second thing never to do is, never accidentally have your car go from drive into reverse while the cars moving.

Now this Honda is a better design, the

Lot of cars gear liver placed  middle of the front seats, so if yours is like that, make sure you don’t accidentally hit it and rip it into reverse while you’re driving down the road. 

Because it will destroy the transmission. 

3. Do Not Stay Longer Time in Drive (D) If You Are in idling 

The next thing not to do with an automatic transmission car is,

leaving it in drive if you’re idling for a really long period of time.

Because leaving it in drive if you’re idling for a long time that can lead to overheating of the inside of the transmission. 

If you’re going to be sitting there for really long time just shut the car off or at least put it into park. 

Because in Park, it’s not directly connected, the torque converter isn’t sending a lot of power.

So it won’t get quite as hot in park as it will and drive. 

4. Don’t Do Burnouts 

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Another bad thing not to do with your automatic transmission is, don’t go around doing burnouts all the time.

Doing burnouts is one of the worst things you can do for an automatic transmission, and of course burnouts aren’t good for any car.

5. Not Changing Transmission Fluid Regularly

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Now the last thing not to do has to do with your automatic transmission fluid.

If you have a later model car, don’t listen to this nonsense this says no need to replace ATF under normal driving conditions. 

It’s a bunch of nonsense,  the fluid is good for the lifetime of the transmission, but then the lifetime of the transmission is less.

Because you don’t want dirty fluid in, you want to change it regularly. 

Modern cars use synthetic fluid that can handle heat better and break down less, but eventually it does break down.

I still say change your transmission fluid every sixty to eighty thousand miles, regardless of what these ridiculous directions say. 

Final Words

Realize if you take care of your transmission it can take care of you 

Finally, now you know what the Top 5 Things You Should Never Do in an Automatic Car, to make it last as long as it possibly can.

Thanks for reading my article. Peace.

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