Transmission Flush and Fluid Change
By keeping up with the your car’s recommended transmission flush and fluid change schedule, you will help your transmission remain in good working order and decrease the chance of costly transmission repairs later on. Usually a transmission fluid exchange is due about every 30,000 miles or every two years.
During a transmission fluid exchange, our professional automotive technicians will flush out virtually all the old transmission fluid and refill it with new, quality transmission fluid. The transmission fluid exchange process different, depending on whether it is an automatic and manual transmission, but the end result is the same. A clean-running transmission means better fuel economy and fewer major repairs down the road.
In manual transmission systems, transmission fluid is mostly used to stop overheating and to preventing early wear-and-tear on gears. The transmission fluid lubricates the gears and keeps them at cool, operating temperatures.
The type of transmission fluid will mostly vary based on the make, model, and specifications outlined in your owner’s manual. Manual transmissions may need manual gear oil or transmission fluid specific to the make and model of the vehicle.
If you have a manual transmission system, watch out for dirty transmission fluid, checking for any shards of metal from worn bearings and synchronizers. Transmission fluid travels between every gear in your transmission and filling them with metal-laden fluid will result in premature wear.
Another thing to keep an eye out for is any transmission leaks. While the transmission fluid in manual transmissions doesn’t usually break down naturally on its own, loose parts or impacts from debris may cause leaks and decreased fluid levels.
In manual transmission vehicles, the clutch and gears are manually shifted by the driver. In automatic transmissions, this movement happens because of a hydraulic system, powered by the force of pressurized transmission fluid moving through the transmission system. So, in addition to keeping the transmission cool and preventing interior gears from grinding, the transmission fluid in automatic transmissions power the transmission, too!
Because automatic transmissions create tons of friction and heat with normal use, the fluid in automatic transmissions will naturally erode over time. For this reason, you should check your transmission fluid levels often to ensure the fluid levels are not too low.
Like manual transmission owners, you should also watch out for contaminated fluid from worn out gears and leaks. Stop on by and let our professional automotive team check your transmission fluid levels and examine your vehicle, to see if it needs a transmission flush and fluid exchange services.
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