Transmission repair in Mesa or anywhere else starts with the basics. Do you have an automatic transmission or a manual one? If you have an automatic transmission, what does transmission fluid do?
Transmission Fluid: What It Is and What It Does
What is transmission fluid?. Well, according to WIKIPEDIA.ORG:
“Automatic transmission fluid (ATF) is the fluid used in vehicles with self shifting or automatic transmissions. It is typically coloured red or green to distinguish it from motor oil and other fluids in the vehicle. On most vehicles its level is checked by a dipstick while the engine is running.
The fluid is optimized for the special requirements of a transmission, such as valve operation, brake band friction and the torque converter as well as gear lubrication.
ATF is also used as a hydraulic fluid in some power assisted steering systems, as a lubricant in some 4WD transfer cases, and in some modern manual transmissions.
Modern ATF typically contains a wide variety of chemical compounds intended to provide the required properties of a particular ATF specification. Most ATFs contain some combination of additives that improve lubricating qualities, such as anti-wear additives, rust and corrosion inhibitors, detergents, dispersants and surfactants (which protect and clean metal surfaces); kinematic viscosity and viscosity index improvers and modifiers, seal swell additives and agents (which extend the rotational speed range and temperature range of the additives’ application); anti-foam additives and anti-oxidation compounds to inhibit oxidation and “boil-off” (which extends the life of the additives’ application); cold-flow improvers, high-temperature thickeners, gasket conditioners, pour point depressant and petroleum dye. All ATFs contain friction modifiers, except for those ATFs specified for some Ford transmissions and the John Deere J-21A specification; the Ford ESP (or ESW) – M2C-33 F specification Type F ATF (Ford-O-Matic) and Ford ESP (or ESW) – M2C-33 G specification Type G ATF (1980s Ford Europe and Japan) specifically excludes the addition of friction modifiers.” [READ SOURCE ARTICLE]
Do You Have an Automatic Transmission? Then Read This
Manual transmissions are a different topic. If you have an automatic transmission, sooner or later, you are going to need to replace your transmission fluid. Makes and models vary, but a good rule of thumb is at the 30,000 mile mark.
So remember, it’s best to be proactive about your transmission. Instead of transmission repair, instead, carry out routine transmission service.
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