Just like you switch out your engine oil on a regular basis, it is important to have a transmission service if you want to keep your vehicle maintained. This process involves taking out the old transmission fluid and then adding in new transmission fluid. If it is time for your vehicle to undergo this service, get in touch with Ethan’s Honest Auto to see how we can help.
Why Do You Need Transmission Service?
When you get rid of the old transmission fluid, you are also getting rid of any buildup that has accumulated as well. That build up can cause problems if it is left there too long; for example, it can contaminate the fluid and cause problems for the transmission. If the situation is not addressed, you may wind up having to switch out your transmission completely. That is a huge expense and one that you certainly want to avoid.
When Should You Change Your Transmission Fluid?
The type of car that you have factors heavily into the answer to this question. There are some vehicles that need to have this service performed every 30,000 miles. Other vehicles can go 100,000 miles without having the service. Many newer automobiles were designed with fluid that can last for many years. Therefore, there is not just one answer to this question.
If your car has a continuously variable transmission, however, you will have to switch out the fluid. Read through your owner’s manual to get the specifics for your vehicle. Make sure you write down when you have service, so that you can maintain a specific schedule. Car maintenance can greatly extend the life of your vehicle when done properly.
How Do You Know If You Have A Transmission Leak?
Look for a puddle of red liquid. It will usually pool toward the front half of the car. If you see it, you must take your car in to get looked at right away.
What Takes Place During A Complete Transmission Service?
You can expect the following to happen when you bring your car in for service:
- Cleaning/Replacement of screen or filter
- Cleaning of pan
- Installation of pan gasket
- Removal of old fluid
- Installation of new fluid
There may be a few additional steps taken, depending on the make and model of your vehicle and where you go for service.
When your fluid is changed, there is less heat and better lubrication. Your transmission is able to function more effectively, which means it should last longer and need fewer repairs (if any). It costs a lot of money to fix a transmission, which is why it is important to do everything you can to ensure that this part of the car is running as efficiently as possible.
If you have questions about your transmission, get in touch with us today. We’re happy to talk to you about your specific vehicle and let you know what we can do to help you. We’re committed to providing you with honest, reliable service that you can count on. Our customers are our priority!