Transmission fluid eventually becomes contaminated with small particles created by the wear of moving parts and breakdown of chemical properties. Failure to change transmission fluid and filters may allow these particles to clog the small passageways and valves in your transmission, impeding performance and causing irreversible damage. Let’s dig into a few details about why this service is so important, how often it needs to be done, and what you can do between maintenance intervals to ensure the long life of your transmission.
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There are a few reasons why you need to maintain your transmission fluid and they are specific to which type of transmission your vehicle has.
Manual: In a manual transmission, the problem is not so much the fluid degradation, but rather fluid contamination. This contamination occurs over time as the synchronizers, bearings and gears in the transmission wear. The resulting metal particles then float around in the lubricant. And we all know that oil with microscopic particles of metal in it does not lubricate as well as clean oil. So if these contaminants are not drained out, they will shorten the life of your transmission.
Automatic: Because more heat is generated in an automatic transmission, automatic transmission fluid actually degrades and breaks down with use.
In addition, like in a manual transmission, automatic transmission fluid will also become contaminated with worn bits of the transmission planetary gears and clutch materials. If these contaminants are not drained out, they will shorten the life of your transmission.
The Procedure is fairly simple. To extend the life of your transmission, we flush the vehicle’s contaminated transmission fluid and install fresh warranty approved transmission fluid. We then replace the filter and pan gaskets if necessary.
If your vehicle is ready for maintenance or have any further questions please be in touch via phone or email. You can find all of our contact information and location right here and at the top of each page on this site. You will be greeted by one of the handsome fellas below, who are happy to take your questions any time of day to make you feel confident that you are making sound decisions regarding your vehicle’s health.
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