We share our top tips to keep your gearbox in good condition. One of the most important components of a car is the gearbox. Without a functioning gearbox, your car probably wouldn’t be able to move at all.
You need your car to get you from A to B, and you need a functioning gearbox to get your car moving. It’s in your best interest to practice proper gearbox maintenance to ensure your gearbox remains in the best possible condition.
Whether your gearbox is automatic or manual, there are several steps you can take to ensure it stays in good condition for as long as possible:
Warm up your car
Are you guilty of hoping in your car and driving away without a thought? Most of us are. Warming up your car before you drive off can ensure your gearbox runs smoothly. A warm car will further ensure that all other components of your car remain in good condition. Before you start your car, it is recommended that you warm your engine and gearbox for a minimum of 30 seconds. This is especially important during winter, when the weather is significantly colder. Warming up your car can help ensure your gear box remains in good condition.
Change your oil frequently
Keeping an eye on your gearbox oil is important. Oil not only helps keep your engine and gearbox components cool, but it also reduces the friction between all the moving parts in your gearbox. It is recommended that you change your oil approximately every 50,000 kilometres.
Change gears carefully
Shifting gears violently can put unnecessary strain on your gearbox. Always shift between gears gently to reduce any damage to your gearbox. You should always make sure your car is at a complete stop before shifting into reverse as this will prevent any grinding of gears and reduce wear. Changing gears too roughly can cause major damage over time.
Keep your gearbox clean
While cleaning your gearbox may not be a top priority for you, it’s one of the most effective ways to keep your gearbox in good condition. Over time, dirt, dust and other debris can make its way into your gearbox through the joins. It’s important to do regular checks and cleans whenever possible. It is worth having your whole car, including the engine and gearbox, professionally cleaned at least once a year.
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