Transmissions are not seen so they are often neglected and proper maintenance is a major problem. When the subject of maintenance arises usually vehicle owners are lost. Below is a list of manual transmission tips to keep in mind:
It is important to maintain your transmission in accordance with your manufacturer's recommendations.
Make sure you inspect the level and condition of your manual transmission fluid. This requires removing the oil fill plug from the transmission. Do not do this unless you are mechanically inclined. Often even oil change shops remove the wrong plug and cause serious damage. Look for a professional.
To catch a problem with your transmission before it causes major damage, you should always be aware of any unusual behavior, noises or vibrations from your vehicle and have them checked right away.
Inspect beneath your car for leaks. The transmission fluid is can be red, or dark brown color, so leaks are to be attended to quickly. Most warranties new and remanufactured place the responsibility on the owner to maintain the fluid level at proper interval even under warranty.
If your manual transmission shudders when you shift, if you really have to work to change gears, or if you hear noise, it's time to check it.
Your transmission's internal parts enemy is heat, friction and abuse. In fact, nearly nine out of ten transmission failures are due to overheating, fluid loss and normal wear and tear, simply metal on metal fatigue. Preventive maintenance every 60,000 miles, such as bearing overhaul, is the key to insuring a longer life span of your manual transmission.