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How Transmission Oil Contributes to Transmission Failure in a Ford Expedition
The Ford Expedition is designed to conquer the off-roads and handle long drives with less or no complains. But the spirit of an expeditioner within it declines over time as the incurred damages collect, and finally cause the vehicle or one of its systems to fail. While failure due to old age is normal, and severe damage is partly to be blamed on strenuous road conditions, premature failure is often caused by improper maintenance. The transmission system, for instance can fail prematurely because of an unattended problem with its lubricant.
Keep correct oil level
You probably think that your transmission system has internal damage when you experience delayed shifting, and when you can\'t shift at proper speeds. The same thing would come to your mind when the system is noisy, and when it slips or chatters in one or more gears. Your suspicion becomes more evident when it feels rough during initial engagement in D or R as well as when shifting in 1-2 and 2-3. And when it wouldn\'t upshift in D, or when there is no drive in one or more gears, you start thinking of the possible repair costs already. But did you know that these internal damage symptoms are also the very same symptoms that your transmission would show when it works with incorrect fluid level? Adding transmission oil is the simple solution.
You can keep track of correct oil level using the transmission dipstick when the car is fully warmed. Determine reading accuracy by consulting your manual because the oil level is affected by high temperature. And then, add fluid as necessary. Likewise, to ensure enough transmission oil while travelling, you need to make sure that there is no way for the oil to leak, whether through a problematic gasket, seal, or malfunctions with the transmission or on any components related to it.
Change oil on regular interval
Although vital in extending car mileage, normal automotive tune ups don\'t usually include transmission servicing, so you need to have it scheduled for servicing after every 15,000 miles. But severe driving conditions may take toll on the transmission faster than normal. Hence, it would be wise if you have the fluid inspected after every 1,000 miles. This interval will allow you to determine whether the quality of lubricant is still good for use or already needs early servicing. Watch for burnt smell and dark color because they both indicate a need for oil change.
Avoid transmission overheating
The normal operating temperature of a transmission system is 175 degrees Fahrenheit. So, what happens when it spikes to 195 degrees F.? The life of the fluid is cut to half, which ideally lasts up to 100,000 miles. Life expectancy drops to a staggering 5,000 miles when it reaches 260. And when it goes down to 300, your transmission would most probably last around 1,000 miles before it overheats. When it does, expect a domino effect that would end up with transmission failure. But what your Ford Expedition needs to prevent transmission overheating is just well-kept transmission oil.