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Auto Transmission Repair Work

Auto Transmission Repair Work

Auto transmission repair can range from simple adjustments to parts replacements and complete overhauls. Work safely during auto transmission repair by wearing your personal protective equipment, understanding the chemicals you work with, and following safe work practices.

Wear personal protective equipment during your repair work. Safety glasses prevent flying debris from damaging your eye. Side shields or goggles prevent splashes when you are working with fluids. Wear chemical resistant gloves to protect your hands and skin. Consider mechanics gloves for certain tasks to give you a better grip and prevent cuts and scrapes. Use kneepads to protect your knees when you kneel on the shop floor.

Long sleeves and long pants can protect your skin from hot surfaces, chemicals, and abrasions. Ensure that they are not too loose so that they do not get caught in moving parts. Remove your jewelry when you work on a car and tie back your hair if it is long.

Read the safety data sheet (SDS) for the chemicals you work with so you can understand their hazardous ingredients and characteristics. You need to know how to handle chemicals properly and what to do if there is an accidental exposure or spill.

When you work on a vehicle, set the parking brake, put it in park, and block the wheels front and back. If you put the vehicle on a lift, make sure that the lift points are at the correct center of gravity. Ensure that the lift is properly maintained and that it has the capacity to lift the vehicle you are working on. Stand to the side when you lift the vehicle. Never stay in a lifted vehicle or ride the lift.

Keep your mind on your task; do not get distracted. Disconnect the battery and/or take the keys out of the vehicle so it does not start up accidentally. Know where your hands are at all times. Use the proper tool for the job. Use tool extenders to give you more accessibility. Don’t use excessive force on your tools. Pull on tools rather than push on them to prevent injuries.

Use good body mechanics when you are working on vehicles. You are strongest and safest when you maintain neutral posture. Work with your back straight and your arms and legs close to your body. Avoid stretching and reaching. Do small tasks at a workbench set to a comfortable height? Lift properly by keeping your back straight and using your legs for power. Where possible, use mechanical lifts or a partner to assist you.

Protect yourself from fires and explosions. Do not smoke during auto repair work. Maintain good housekeeping of papers and solvents. Keep a fire extinguisher handy.