If you’re a vehicle owner, you’ve probably heard the term “transmission service.” You may understand that it’s an important maintenance step to avoid future transmission repair, but you’re not sure exactly what this service involves. Since it’s good to know what the mechanic is doing to your vehicle, here’s a quick overview to familiarize yourself with transmission service.
What are the basics of transmission service?
Like an oil change, transmission service involves flushing out old fluid and replacing it with fresh fluid. A transmission service appointment should also include cleaning or replacing the filter, an inspection of the sump pump or pan, cleaning the pan and the installation of a new pan gasket. Also like an oil change, this maintenance should be done regularly in order to keep your car running smoothly.
What is transmission fluid?
This fluid acts as a lubricant for the components inside your car’s transmission. If you have an automatic transmission, the fluid also acts as a coolant.
What type of transmission fluid should I use for my transmission service?
The answer to this question depends on the type of transmission your vehicle has. For automatic transmissions, use automatic transmission fluid (ATF). If you have a manual transmission, your vehicle may be able to use motor oil or automatic transmission fluid. Always check your owner’s manual to determine which transmission service and fluid is right for your car. Using the wrong fluid will cause damage to the system and result in the need for transmission repair.
How often should I get transmission service?
Check your owner’s manual for recommended frequency of transmission service. This varies depending on the type of transmission and other features of your vehicle. Most manufacturers recommend transmission service for manual transmissions every 30,000 to 60,000 miles. For automatic transmissions, manufacturers usually recommend transmission service every 60,000 to 100,000 miles.
How often you drive your vehicle and the conditions under which you drive can also affect this frequency. Consult with a local transmission repair specialist if you’re not sure how often to perform this service.
What happens if I don’t get transmission service?
This isn’t a maintenance step you want to skip. Over time, metal shavings shed off the components of your vehicle. These start to build up within the fluid. If the fluid becomes too contaminated, it cannot properly perform its function of lubricating your vehicle and keeping the parts cooled. Eventually, the transmission system will become damaged or fail entirely.
Replacing a transmission system is an expensive transmission repair. Although it is an investment, performing regular transmission service is well worth it in the long run. You’ll save time, hassle and money by keeping your transmission healthy.
We know transmissions
To learn more about transmission service or to schedule your next tune-up, contact the pros at Gabriel’s Automotive & Towing. We are your full-service transmission repair shop, offering highly trained technicians and top-level service since 1991. Reach us today at 909-464-9005 with any questions. We look forward to keeping your vehicle running smoothly year after year.
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