The transmission may well be one of the most complicated and important components of your vehicle. Its primary function is to transmit the rotation of the engine’s crankshaft to the wheels. It also controls the levels of power and speed that are sent to your tires. In other words, without it, you would sit in your car with the engine running, but going nowhere.
Transmissions, like any other car system, require regular inspection and servicing. Even though the manufacturer claims you have lifetime transmission oil under the hood, you must service your transmission when due, for its longevity. Consult your owner’s handbook to know when your vehicle’s transmission needs servicing.
What is a Transmission Service?
The primary aspect of a transmission service is fluid replacement. There are two main kinds of service you could perform for your transmission: a fluid flush and a fluid change.
- A transmission flush involves hooking up your vehicle's transmission system to a high-quality flushing equipment, which uses high pressure and a cleaning agent to completely flush out the old fluid, and then fill it with new fluid.
- A transmission fluid change is a process where the old transmission fluid is drained and then new fluid is poured in. Even though it doesn't completely remove all of the fluid, it is still effective in replacing most of the dirty fluid.
Avoid Transmission Failure with Routine Maintenance
It is important to note that a transmission flush or fluid change is a preventative maintenance item, not corrective. Odds are very high that transmission symptoms, such as strange smells, delayed engagement, check engine light, transmission fluid leak, and grinding or odd sounds are due to some type of failure inside the transmission that could arise from lack of maintenance. The best way to avoid transmission problems, which can be expensive to correct, is to keep it healthy.
If you know it’s time to get your transmission serviced, or you just want to make sure it’s in tip-top shape, let us take a look at it. Our experts can help you determine whether you’ll need a transmission flush or change so your vehicle and transmission can perform at the optimal level and ensure a safe and comfortable ride for you.