The transmission of any vehicle is integral for lubricating the gears, torque converter, and clutch plates of automatic transmission. This ensures the smooth adjustment of power necessary for changing speeds. Because of how hard it works, regularly getting transmission service is important to add life to your vehicle.
Why is transmission service so important?
While fluid contamination is an issue in manual transmissions, with an automatic the main issue is degradation of the fluid. The friction of the clutch plates engaging and the normal functioning of the gears and bearings generates heat. Transmission fluid helps disperse this heat, lubricating the clutch plates. Like oil and antifreeze, it is recommended that transmission fluid be changed regularly to ensure optimal operating functionality.
How often should transmission fluid be changed?
Over time, the additives in the fluid oxidize and break down. This can cause acid, rust, and sludge to build up within the fluid. This is the leading cause of transmission failure. Changing the fluid and filter is recommended every 30,000 to 60,000 miles for manual transmissions. Some manufacturers suggest changing fluid every 15,000 miles with heavy-duty use.
In automatic transmissions, changing fluid recommendations vary from 30,000 miles to never. Some fluids claim to function properly for up to 100,000 miles. However, changing it every 60,000 to 100,000 miles is typical. Changing it more often does not harm the transmission, but may prove unnecessary. Be sure to check your owner’s manual regarding the manufacturer’s recommendations for your vehicle.
Transmission fluid works best at about 175 degrees. Higher temperatures begin to have an adverse effect on fluid. When the fluid breaks down, it turns from red to brown and begins to smell similar to burnt toast. The excessive heat destroys the lubricating qualities. What looks like varnish begins to form on internal parts, interfering with transmission operations.
Because most transmission fluid is red, this makes identifying leaks easier. Prevent major issues from developing by addressing leaks quickly. Running low on transmission fluid can prevent your vehicle from shifting properly, causing it to overheat. Overheating causes nearly all transmission failures.
Additionally, a flush is another transmission service to consider. Flushing the system forces out all of the old fluid with a pressurized flush machine. Then a cleaning agent pushes out build up on parts as well as in the filter.
Get the transmission service you need at Xpress Lube
Stop by Havoline Xpress Lube for any transmission service you need. We also offer oil changes, air filter replacements, tire rotations and much more. We are only a short drive from Greensboro, High Point, and Winston Salem. Contact us or call us at (336) 993-7697 for more information.