Transmissions are heavy duty pieces of equipment that are designed to last a long time. But like any other mechanical equipment, they require maintenance, and they'll eventually wear out and need repair. So let's focus on what you can do to help protect your vehicle.
The first thing you can do is to make sure your transmission always has enough fluid. Transmission fluid cools and lubricates the transmission. When there's not enough fluid, the transmission will run hotter and wear out sooner.
The transmission fluid also provides the pressure needed to transfer power from the engine to the transmission. Not enough fluid, and your transmission won't shift properly.
At Auto Select, we will check your transmission fluid level with a full service oil change and top it off if needed. If you see any transmission fluid on the driveway – it's a reddish color – have us inspect it for a leak. A gasket, hose or seal could be leaking and may need to be repaired.
The next thing you can do to prolong the life of your transmission is to replace your transmission fluid on schedule. As you can imagine, all those gears grinding on each other result in lots of little bits of metal in the fluid. This “grit” flowing through your transmission under pressure eats away at seals and gaskets which can lead to leaks.The more there is, the faster the transmission parts will wear out.
Transmission fluid also contains detergents and other additives to protect your transmission. These additives are depleted over time, so old fluid doesn't protect as well as new fluid. Your owner's manual or your service advisor will have a recommendation for when you should have a transmission service.
If your transmission isn't shifting as smoothly as it should, or if you suspect a transmission leak, have us take a look at it. And ask if it's time for a transmission service. Regular maintenance and taking care of small leaks right away will help your transmission last as long as possible.
This month, we have a special offer to service your transmission fluids. Call for pricing for your specific vehicle.