Transmission problems can be caused by low fluid levels, poor fluid consistency, or by debris in the system and a transmission is one of the most costly components to repair or replace. At Automotive Techniques we can show how to you detect transmission problems early on so we can correct any minor problem before it causes costly damage.
Here are some maintenance tips that will help to prevent transmission problems before they start.
If you want to know why a transmission fluid flush is useful, it’s important to know what transmission fluid is and does. Automatic transmission fluid (ATF) is a complex type of oil used to ensure the safe and proper functioning of the transmission system. It lubricates gears and other moving parts, inhibits rust, and contains anti-oxidation and anti-wear additives, detergents and other performance-enhancing additives. It is also a coolant that keeps your vehicle’s vital transmission functioning properly. Since it must be clean to do this, it’s important to schedule regular transmission fluid flushes.
Manual transmissions use a different type of oil to lubricate the gears, but one that also protects against oxidation and corrosion. The best type for your manual transmission varies depending on your vehicle’s manufacturer, so check your owner’s manual for the appropriate type to use in a transmission fluid flush.
Transmission fluid breaks down over time and can damage your transmission. A proper transmission fluid flush removes all the old fluid instead of simply topping up the dirty, contaminated fluid. To keep your transmission clean and functioning at its best, have a transmission fluid flush performed by a licensed technician at regular intervals.
Manufacturers typically recommend a transmission fluid flush every 50,000 kilometers or so in order to prolong the life of your transmission. Don’t wait until the fluid has turned dark or your shifting is erratic; by then your transmission could be damaged.