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How Long Does a Transmission Last in a Vehicle?

In an ideal world, your transmission will last as long as your vehicle does. After all, it is the second most expensive part of your vehicle and replacing it can be quite costly. However, transmissions have been known to fail long before the vehicle has died.

When Should I Replace my Transmission?

So how long does a transmission last? The truth is that transmission lifespan is a case-by-case basis. There is no single set mileage or time frame with which a transmission is “known” to fail. However, most automatic transmissions should last between 100,000 and 200,000 miles. (That may sound like a lot. However, it is important to note that if you drive only 15,000 a year, that means your transmission may only last roughly 7 years!) Manual transmissions theoretically last longer, however, this is not necessarily true either.

Why is My Transmission Failing?

The two biggest variables that affect your transmission lifespan is your driving habits and how well you follow the recommended maintenance procedures.

Your driving habits affect every piece of your vehicle. Accelerating rapidly and slamming on the brakes often are known to wear out your transmission faster. Putting excessive miles on your vehicles is also known to decrease the lifespan of your transmission. Driving before your engine and transmission have warmed up is also damaging.

Your vehicle’s manufacturer also provides you with a recommendation on transmission maintenance. They do this for a reason. Failing to follow these recommendations can lead to the early demise of your transmission. In addition, it is important to do your research. Certain vehicle manufacturers are known for having more durable transmissions. This can affect the lifespan of your transmission as well.

How to Make a Transmission Last Longer

Being proactive is one of the best ways you can extend the life of your transmission. Having your transmission serviced regularly, per those manufacturer’s instruction, is one of these actions. Paying attention to your driving habits is another.

Heat is your transmission’s enemy. Fluids help to lubricate, draw away heat, and cool your transmission. Checking these fluids regularly is important. If possible, upgrading to synthetic fluids provides even better results. Adding a quality transmission cooler can also help slow the wear and tear on your transmission.

If you are in need of transmission servicing or repairs, Quality Transmission & Clutch can help. Contact us today for all your transmission needs in the Bakersfield, CA area.


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