How to Take Care of your Saturn LW2’s Automatic Transmission
The Saturn LW2 may have not been in the market for very long but that does not change the fact that it is as reliable and comfortable as the other station wagons out there. It had a powerful V6 engine and a very dependable car body that's able to transport you and your family to where you want to go. But of course, the Saturn LW2 has issues, same with all the other cars, and one of these is the automatic transmission failure.
The automatic transmission is one of the most complex and also among the most expensive-to-repair parts in your vehicle. That isn't surprising, considering the work it does for your car. However, the transmission doesn't require too much service compared to the engine. This is probably why it often gets neglected. It may not require a monthly check-up but that doesn't mean that you don't have to check it from time to time. Here are some tips on how to take care of your Saturn LW2's automatic transmission.
- Keep your automatic transmission fluid clean and at the right level.
Your car's automatic transmission depends highly on the automatic transmission fluid to be able to function well. The fluid transfers hydraulic pressure for the transmission to be able to shift gears. It also keeps the gears and the other moving parts lubricated, and it makes sure that the transmission system is cool enough. Transmission fluids usually last longer than engine oils, but they also deteriorate over time due to the high temperature in the transmission and the load the car carries. The transmission fluid can also get contaminated with dirt over time. Because of this, it is important to replace it when it is too dirty. And if it is not at the right level, make sure to top up on transmission fluid.
- Regularly check for leaks.
A leaking automatic transmission fluid is the most common cause of problems with the transmission. If the fluid is leaking, you might end up driving without transmission fluid. So it's necessary that you check for leaks from time to time. And to begin your search, check your parking space. If you see pink fluid on the pavement, there's a leak. It is important to have the leak fixed as soon as possible.
- Prevent your automatic transmission from overheating.
Many transmission problems start from transmission overheating. When you carry a heavy load in your car, it puts a strain not only on the engine but the transmission as well. Make sure that the transmission can take the load you are carrying, or else you are putting your transmission at risk of overheating. When the transmission overheats, the transmission fluid oxidizes. It becomes dark and dirty, and it loses its ability to keep the transmission lubricated. Also, the O-rings and rubber seals become hard and brittle quickly. The metal parts of the transmission are at risk of getting damaged too as they become warped and deformed because of too much heat.