Transmission service is not just repair, sometimes, it’s maintenance too…
Are Transmission Flushes Necessary?
First off, if your auto mechanics tell you that you need to flush your car’s transmission, they’re not out to line their pockets. Why this service is necessary is that if you do it at the recommended maintenance schedule, it will keep your car’s transmission working properly.
In fact, flushing your transmission is an important service that helps you to avoid much more expensive service later on. Why? Well, it’s due to the purpose that transmission fluid serves.
What Does Transmission Fluid Do?
Your automatic transmission is a complex collection of gears. Since it has so many moving parts, they all need to move together smoothly, Transmission fluid acts as a lubricant for the moving parts inside your car’s transmission. With time, this fluid becomes contaminated. Metal particles, dirt, and grit end up in the transmission fluid. New fluid neutralizes these particles, but as it wears out, the passageways that the transmission fluid flows through can get very dirty. More than half of automatic transmission failures are due to overheating and fluid contamination. As to when you should replace your transmission fluid, that’s simple.
Your transmission fluid be should be changed every 30,000 miles, for heavy duty vehicles every 15,000 miles. There are certain warning signs that indicate that your vehicle may be in need of a transmission flush or by this time, more significant transmission work. If your vehicle stalls for one or two seconds before moving after having been put in gear is one sign.
Hopefully you know now that your car’s transmission fluid is not just some accessory for your car, and that it does indeed serve a purpose. So take a look at your car or truck’s odometer. If it is a multiple of 15,000 or 30,000, then it may be time for you to get your car in to have your transmission fluid flushed.
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