It can be easy to forget about getting your transmission serviced because it doesn’t need it very often. It’s easy to remember to change your oil (you know, every 3,000 miles) to help keep your engine running smoothly. But, we want to remind you that proper transmission servicing also helps to keep your car running smoothly and helps you avoid costly repairs down the road.
The transmission undergoes a lot of stress. The grit you see in used transmission fluid is actually bits of metal that wear off the gears in the transmission. In addition to that, the transmission operates at very high temperatures, usually 100 to 150 degrees higher than engine temperatures. Those high temperatures eventually cause the transmission fluid to start to break down and lose efficiency.
As the fluid gets older, it gets gritty and doesn’t lubricate and cool the transmission as well – leading to even more wear and tear. The fluid can actually get sludgy and plug up the maze of fluid passages inside the transmission. At best, your transmission won’t operate smoothly. At worse, it could lead to costly damage.
When your transmission is running properly, it transfers more power from your engine to the drive wheels, and improves fuel economy. That’s why manufacturers recommend changing your transmission fluid at regular intervals. Your owner’s manual has a schedule for transmission service and, of course, we will inspect the fluid to help keep your scheduled service on track.
Hot and dusty conditions; towing, hauling, stop and go conditions and jack rabbit starts all increase the load on the transmission and its internal temperature. These driving conditions mean you need to change the fluid more often. A good rule of thumb is every 35,000 miles or two years. If your manufacturer suggests more frequent intervals or if you’re driving under severe service conditions, you will need to change it more often. We can help you with a service schedule as we learn about your car and your driving habits.
Martin’s Auto Repair has the ability to perform a transmission service while you wait and the cost is quite reasonable. It’s downright cheap when you think about how much a major transmission repair can cost! If it’s getting to be time to have your transmission serviced, do your car a favor and have it done. If not this time, then on your next service stop we will inspect the fluid and schedule a reminder to notify you. We are happy to do all we can to keep your car on the road and repair costs down. Working with you allows us the ability to service your vehicle in an honest, professional and timely manner.