If you really care about your vehicle and want to make sure it has a long life, surely there are certain maintenance tasks you have done on a regular basis. Of course, you make sure to get your oil changed after you have reached the recommended mileage. You make a point to have your tires rotated so that one or two do not wear down faster than the others. You have your air filter cleaned and/or replaced when need be. Overall, you consider yourself a diligent and conscientious car owner looking out for the best interests of your auto. However, there may be one major area you have forgotten about: your transmission. While for the most part a transmission pretty much takes care of itself, it still needs periodic maintenance. And if you ignore your transmission, you could be headed for an expensive repair down the road. This is why transmission service is so crucial.
What Does a Transmission Do?
A transmission is one of the most vital components of a vehicle, and without it, your car would not go anywhere. The gears in the transmission send power from the engine to the drive wheels. In order for the gears to work properly, fluid is used to both cool and lubricate them. Just like the oil that goes in your engine, over time transmission fluid loses its ability to do its job properly. During a transmission service, the old fluid is taken out and replaced with new fluid.
What Else Does a Transmission Service Entail?
In addition to replacing the fluid, a transmission service involves other things. The transmission pan will be removed and cleaned. It will also be examined for any cracks or other signs of damage. If necessary, a new one will be installed. The gaskets will also be looked at to see if they need to be replaced. Finally, the filter will be swapped out for a new one.
How Do You Know You Need Transmission Service?
When your car is having some trouble, it will let you know. The warnings may be subtle or they could be hard to ignore. If you notice any of these signs, you should think about getting a transmission service as soon as possible:
- Difficulty speeding up
- Problems going in reverse
- Sluggishness when shifting
- Rancid smell
- Strange noises
Even if you are not experiencing any of these issues, regular transmission service is a critical part of vehicle maintenance. It is generally recommended to get transmission service every 30,000 to 60,000 miles, though that could vary depending on your car. Some manufacturers recommend service every 15,000 miles. Your best bet is to consult your owner’s manual. You can also bring your car down to Xpress Lube to get more information about your auto and when you should have transmission service. Our pros will take a look at your transmission and give you their expert opinion and guidance.