Do you drive a car with an automatic transmission? At first glance, it may seem easier than driving a manual. The interface of automatic vehicles is often simpler, and new drivers don’t have to struggle with a seemingly unruly stick shift and clutch. But even though driving an automatic may look like a walk in the park, there are still some ways you can mess up your transmission. So here are 7 of the most dangerous mistakes you can make when driving an automatic!
Don’t shift from “drive” to “reverse” before your car stops moving 1:06
Never put your car in “park” before it stops completely 1:55
Don’t put it in “neutral” at stop lights 2:56
Don’t coast in “neutral” 3:53
Never “launch” your car from a standstill 4:44
Avoid keeping the gas tank on low 5:48
Do not let water get in the transmission 6:31
– If your brakes wear down, replacing them will cost you around $200. But by constantly shifting from “drive” to “reverse” while the car’s still rolling, get ready for damage that can run you at least $2,500.
– When you throw it in “park,” a pin locks the transmission output shaft, which connects it to the wheels of your car. But if the car’s still rolling when you do this, either the locking pin or the output shaft may break or become eroded.
– It’s better to keep your car in “drive” than to switch it to “neutral” when stopped at a light. First of all, when your car’s in “neutral,” you don’t have as much control over it. So if you need to make some emergency maneuver, you may not be able to execute it in time.
– Cars with automatic engines are designed in such a way that they save fuel even if the gear is in “drive.” They simply cut the fuel supply when you’re going downhill.
– Plenty of drivers launch their cars all the time. This causes serious harm to the bands and clutches of the automatic transmission. When you shift, they use friction to move definite parts.
– Ignoring the low fuel light may eventually cost you much more than just filling your tank up, especially if your car has an automatic transmission.
– If water gets into the transmission, you’re in big trouble. Even the smallest amount of water, just an ounce, can wreak havoc on your car’s transmission to the point that it needs replaced.
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