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If You Drive An Automatic Transmission Car, Here Are 7 Things You Should Never Do With Your Car

The automatic transmission is without a doubt ome of the greatest innervations in automobiles history.

In the world today most people opt for automatic cars, because the think it’s easier to operate than the manual. However, this doesn’t mean that the driver should not take caution while driving an automatic car.

We know that driving an automatic car may seem like a breeze, there are several things a driver must not do while driving an automatic car

Here are seven things:

1. Never shift from drive to reverse while moving.

Some of us are always guilty of this, some can be impatient and then shift their car from drive to reverse before coming to a complete stop. Although, many drivers believe doing this can be harmless, but in reality it can have dangerous consequences to your transmission. If you don’t come to a complete stop before switching from drive to reverse and vice versa, you are using your transmission itself to stop the car not the brake. This causes your transmission components to change direction rapidly wearing off the gearbox very quickly. If your brakes wear down replacing them will cost you money.

2. Never put your car in park before stopping.

Some newer cars won’t even let you do this. You should remember that park is made to prevent when car from rolling when it stops, that doesn’t mean you should use park to stop your car. When you put your vehicle in park, a lock pin locks the transmission output shaft which are connected to the wheels of your car, shifting the car while moving causes the locking pin to be inserted into a gear, the cars moving wheels are also connected to, so when you lock it and keep the vehicle rolling at the same time, there is a risk of breaking the locking pin, which can cost you a lot of money.

3. Don’t switch to neutral at stop lights.

Some people don’t like keeping their foot on brake when stopped at red lights and so on. Whatever the reason is, you should not switch to neutral when stopped at red lights, It is still better to keep your car in drive when stopped at red lights.


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First of, when your car is in neutral, you don’t have much control over it, so if you ever need to make an emergency manoeuvre, you may not be able to execute it in time, also if you forgot you put your car in neutral and the lights turn green, you will end up raving the engine, wasting fuel. Another strategy people use at stop like is the emergency brake thinking that it will save them gas, but in reality, it is completely unnecessary and more danger occurs when you switch to neutral at stop lights.

4. Never coast in neutral.

You might think this is going to save some gas and this somewhat makes sense, you’re driving down hill so why not allow gravity take over. In putting the car in neutral, but in reality, that’s the opposite. Modern cars are designed in such a way that they save file even when the gear is in drive, they simply cut out the fuel supply when going down the hill. The second and most importantly, putting your cat in neutral while driving down the hill actually causes damage to your car. It reduces your ability to control your car, when going down the hill in neutral you will only be able to slow down and and not speed up during an emergency manoeuvre. But the problem doesn’t stop there, doing this also cuts the car oil’s supply and when your transmission doesn’t get a proper lubrication for smooth operation, it results in causing significant damage.

5. Never lunch your car while in neutral.

Just to be clear, we are not talking about lunch control. But another way people lunch their car, you see some individuals lunch their car by raving up the car wheels while it’s still in neutral and then switching the gear immediately to drive in stop position. This causes serious harm to the bands and clutches of the automatic transmission, when you shift, they cause friction to move in different parts when you do this mod often, it causes the bands and clutches to wear off and they will slip when it is in gear.

6. Always avoid keeping the gas tank on low.

Some people might be out of cash or skip the fuel station and decide to drive their car with the tank on low. This can cause harm to your car, it causes your fuel pump to wear off and fail, resulting engine failure and potential damage.

7. Never let water get into your transmission.

This can be a huge problem and even a small amount can prove to be fatal. When this happens the clutches friction lining absorbs the water and it dissolves the glue that attaches it to the clutch plate and water can also cause rust to some part of the engine.

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