Are You Damaging Your Vehicle? Vehicle Maintenance Tips and Advice by Leading Auto Repair Shop in Woodstock, GA

Many drivers find out too late that how they operate their vehicle can have a direct impact on the life of their vehicle. By not having a good vehicle maintenance plan and by not properly operating their vehicle, expensive repairs can be needed. Auto repair professionals should be able to provide you with a variety tasks to consider to properly operate your vehicle, and these can protect it from potential long term damage and unnecessary expensive repairs.

At Aero Automotive in Woodstock, GA, we often repair vehicles that are damaged purely from the way they are operated. Below, we have detailed a few things to avoid if you want to protect the longevity of your car:

  • Forgetting to use the parking brake. This particular feature of your car should be non-negotiable. The parking break is designed to securely lock up your wheels so that the vehicle cannot roll backwards, especially if you are parked on a hill. When your vehicle is in ‘park’ mode without the parking brake engaged, you can strip the transmission’s parking pin.
  • Shifting into reverse without coming to a complete stop first. If you are guilty of this, you will find your gears will soon have no teeth, mesh or bands that allow the gears to easily shift from one gear to the next. Stripping the gears and bands in the transmission will result in your gears no longer being able to shift. Gear box replacements and refurbishments are very expensive and once the damage is done, there is simply no turning back.
  • Letting your car’s fuel tank run down to empty. We may all do this at some point, but it is something to be avoided. The fuel pump in your vehicle requires fuel in the gas tank to keep it cool. An overheating fuel pump can result in serious damage. Many people think they are saving money by refueling as little as possible, but in reality, you should ensure that your vehicle’s tank is always no less than ¼ full, especially if you want to avoid fuel pump issues in the future.

Aero Automotive Provides Professional Vehicle Maintenance Services in Woodstock, GA 

At Aero Automotive, our qualified and experienced mechanics will gladly advise you about your vehicle maintenance needs and let you know how you should operate your vehicle to protect it from potentially expensive damage. For more vehicle maintenance tips and advice, contact us at Aero Automotive today.

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Comments (11)

  • Patricia Anderson

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    I had no idea that parking your car without the parking brake could strip the transmission’s parking pin! Now I’m worried because I never use my parking brake! I wonder what other things my car is being affected by. Maybe I should take it in for a full service auto repair. Does it affect your car that much if you don’t use the parking brake on a flat?

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  • Charles Kemp

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    I didn’t know that not using the parking brake can actually ruin the transmission of your car. I know that would be horrible because the transmission is very expensive to replace. You would have a really big car repair to worry about after something like that.

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  • sam wilkins

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    I didn’t know that when you don’t use the parking break, it can damage the transmissions parking pin. My husband’s transmission needs to be fixed and I wonder if that has anything to do with it. I will be sure to send him this article to avoid having more problems with it.

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  • David Hawkins

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    That is a really good tip about proper shifting. I actually had my transmission go out on me and the mechanic believed me not coming to a complete stop before shifting could have had something to do with it like you mentioned. I’ll have to talk to a auto repair shop to see if any other driving habits I can avoid to help my car out. Thanks for the awesome advice!

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  • Lillian Moore

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    I like the suggestion to use the parking brake. I didn’t realize that if you did use the brake then your transmission’s parking pin could be stripped. My car is usually parked in my driveway, which is on an incline, so I do my best to remember to put the parking brake on just from fear of it rolling away. Thanks for the tips!

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  • Brooke McAvoy

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    I appreciate your tip about using the parking brake, I definitely don’t do this enough. To be honest, I thought it was only necessary when you are on a hill, but to be sure I will be using all the time now. I also didn’t realize that letting the fuel run empty actually damages your car, I will be sure to avoid this in order to keep my car in great shape. Thank you!

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  • judy wilson

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    There have been several times when I shifted my car into reverse without coming to a complete stop. I’m glad that you mentioned this now that my gears are showing signs that they’re wearing down. I was really confused about why my gears weren’t shifting as easily as they used to before reading this post. I’ll have my gears repaired by a mechanic and remember to change my driving habits for the sake of my car.

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  • April Cook

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    I just got a new car and I want to do all I can to keep it running smoothly. I didn’t realize that letting the fuel tank get below a quarter full could cause damage to the pump. I’m guilty of letting that happen. What damage does overheating cause? Thanks for these great tips!

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  • Kendall Everett

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    Coming to a complete stop before changing from drive to reverse is important. Like you mentioned, if you don’t come to a complete stop you could be stripping the transmission gears. Practicing changing gears would be a good way to avoid accidentally stripping the gears.

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  • Jack Mulligan

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    I always figured keeping your gas tank above a quarter tank was a good idea, but I didn’t know it could save me from damage. I usually fill up when I get to half, so I’ll have to keep that up. I think I’ll have to keep this habit up so I don’t kill my car!

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  • Kendall Everett

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    Keeping the car well maintained is important and using the parking brake is a great way to do that. The parking brake should be used to ensure that you don’t strip the parking pin like you described. It helps to practice using it so eventually you’ll be in the habit and won’t forget.

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  • Danni Black

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    I am definitely guilty of shifting into reverse before coming to a complete stop but I had no idea that would damage the gears! I have heard that repairs to the transmission can be expensive so I definitely want to avoid that. I drive a Ford F150 so I think it might be a good idea to take my truck in just to make sure that everything is running properly.

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  • Finn Stewart

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    I didn’t realize that forgetting to use your parking brake could be damaging your car. I don’t use the parking brake very often, but I live on a street with lots of steep hills. I bet the parking brake would not only keep my car in good condition, but keep it from rolling down the hill as well.

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  • Lillian Schaeffer

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    Thanks for bringing to my attention that shifting to reverse without coming to a complete stop can damage the transmission. I just bought my first car, and I want to make sure I keep it in good condition. I’ll definitely make sure to avoid doing this so I don’t strip the transmission and cause problems.

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  • Annika Larson

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    Wow, I really love these tips on maintaining cars. I must confess, I rarely use my emergency brake, but after reading this, I will be sure to use it to avoid stripping the transmission’s parking pin. Really, I do not know a lot about cars, so I am grateful for professionals that help me repair and maintain my car! Thanks for sharing!!

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  • Xavier Salas

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    Thanks so much for the information about the parking break! I think using the parking break would be essential for anyone who lives somewhere that snows. I was unaware that you could strip the transmission’s parking pin if your car is just in park. That is unbelievable! Thanks for all the advice!

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  • Koory

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    I tell my clients all the time about using the parking brake yet no one seems to listen. Very important!

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  • Esther Dalseno

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    Hi Scott,

    I just got a new car and I want to do all I can to keep it running smoothly. I didn’t realize that letting the fuel tank get below a quarter full could cause damage to the pump. I’m guilty of letting that happen. I didn’t realize that neglecting to use your parking brake could be damaging your car.

    I don’t use the parking brake very often, but I live on a street with lots of steep hills. I bet the parking brake would not only keep my car in good condition but keep it from rolling down the hill as well.

    Thanks for these great tips!

    Regards
    Esther

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  • Johnny McCarron

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    You know, I’ll be honest and admit that I often forget to use the parking brake. Maybe I should look more into using it often. After all, I am likely damaging my car by not using that feature. Do you have any other tips about repairing my vehicle?

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  • Pam Lassila

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    I definitely think that the way I operate my vehicle is impacting the life of it! I’m worried that I’m too rough on my car and that’s causing it to give out on me earlier than I would like! I’m trying to fix my driving habits but it can be hard to break those old, bad habits sometimes.

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  • J Rob

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    Honestly, I didn’t know shifting out of gear before the car comes to a complete stop could that kind of damage – always assumed it was rather harmless. Thanks for the advice.

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  • Becky Price

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    That is a really good tip about proper shifting. Also, thank you so much for the information about parking break. I didn’t know a lot about this. Very helpful. http://www.transmissionrepairgeorgia.com/

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