The automatic transmission is a complicated beast and is prone to problems. Any repair to an automatic transmission can be complicated and expensive. The following steps can help prevent transmission problems in many cases:

  • Regularly look at your driveway or parking spot for transmission leaks.
  • Change the fluid as your owner’s manual suggests. Also change it out when it becomes too dark or dirty. Another reason to change it often it, you can only change about 65% of the fluid at any one time because there is always transmission fluid left in parts like the torque converter.
  • Never shift to reverse or park while the car is moving forward.
  • Always make sure to be holding down the brake when shifting from park to drive or reverse.