The modern automatic transmission is one of the most complex components of any vehicle. It requires service of equal detail to ensure its longevity. A problem with your automatic transmission can mean the vehicle has become unsafe to drive. This is why getting quality transmission service is important.
How to maintain your transmission
If your vehicle is equipped with a transmission fluid dipstick, be sure to check the fluid regularly. If you notice any discoloration (brown or dirty as opposed to the ideal red color), change the fluid. The internal components of the transmission are constantly subjected to heat from the clutch plates. Regularly changed transmission fluid improves its ability to disperse heat.
Over time, old fluid begins to oxidize and break down and can no longer sufficiently lubricate and protect. Eventually, impurities such as acid, rust, and sludge will accumulate in the fluid. This may result in the failure of the transmission.
Go easy on your transmission. If you treat it well, it will serve you well for many years. If you abuse it, the transmission will fail much sooner. Always wait until the vehicle comes to a complete stop before putting the vehicle in park. The same is true for shifting from drive to reverse and vice versa.
Signs you need transmission service
If you experience difficulty shifting or hear unusual noises from the transmission when you shift, immediately have it checked. At this stage, the problem most likely can’t be remedied by changing the transmission fluid. Instead, you may require repairs or a replacement. To help avoid these expensive repairs, regularly check your parking space for leaks. If you can, check the transmission fluid to make sure there is no debris or other impurities present.
Xpress Lube can keep your transmission running well
If you need transmission repairs or a replacement, the experts at Havoline Xpress Lube in Kernersville can help! Call us at (336) 993-7697 or bring your vehicle by our shop for prompt and professional service.