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Hard Shifting Automatic Transmission: Causes and Solutions Revealed

Is Your Car’s Transmission Acting Up? Here’s What You Need To Know!

Have you ever experienced your car jerking or hesitating when it shifts gears? This can be more than just a nuisance; it might be a signal from your vehicle that it needs a little TLC. Here’s a breakdown of common culprits and simple fixes to ensure your drive is as smooth as silk.

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Start Simple: Check Your Transmission Fluid Levels

Often, the simplest solutions are the most overlooked. Low transmission fluid is a prime suspect in cases of hard shifting. This vital fluid is the lifeblood of your transmission, ensuring everything runs smoothly. If levels are low, your transmission could be crying out for help. Check the fluid level and top it off if necessary, but remember, finding the root cause of the low level is crucial—look out for any leaks or mechanical issues to avoid future problems.

Aging Fluid: A Hidden Culprit

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Unlike fine wine, transmission fluid doesn’t get better with age. Over time, it loses the properties that help your car shift gears effortlessly. This degradation can lead to rough, jerky shifting that takes the joy out of your drive. If your transmission fluid hasn’t been changed in a while, it might be time for a refresh. Swap out old, worn-out fluid for new to keep your transmission in peak condition.

The Cold Hard Truth About Cold Weather

Winter is coming, or it might already be here! Did you know that cold weather can thicken your transmission fluid? This change can lead to hard and delayed shifts until the fluid warms up. Switching to a high-quality synthetic transmission fluid can make a world of difference, offering better flow properties at lower temperatures and ensuring smoother shifts.

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Adaptive Transmissions: Smart But Sensitive

If you’re driving a newer model, your vehicle might feature an adaptive transmission that adjusts to your driving style and the fluid’s condition. While this technology is cutting-edge, it can misinterpret worn-out fluid as a change in driving style, leading to less than ideal shift patterns. If you’ve recently changed your fluid and notice the shifts aren’t as smooth, give it a little time. Your car is smart—it just needs a moment to recalibrate.

AMSOIL’s Solution For Smooth Shifts

Consider upgrading to AMSOIL’s Signature Series Multi-Vehicle 100% Synthetic Automatic Transmission Fluid. Tough enough to handle heavy towing, high temperatures, and rough terrains, it stays smooth even in freezing weather. With a high level of antioxidants, it naturally resists heat. After enduring 180,000 miles of extreme conditions, analysis showed that it maintained 83 percent of its original oxidation inhibitors, confirming that AMSOIL ATF ensures sharp, confident gear shifts.

Remember, Knowledge Is Power

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Understanding the “whys” and “hows” of your transmission’s behavior is more than just mechanic talk; it’s about taking proactive steps to ensure your vehicle stays in top shape. Regular checks and maintenance can save you from the headache of costly repairs down the road. So next time you feel a jerk or hesitation, you’ll know exactly where to start.

Drive smooth, drive smart. Happy motoring!

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