Your transmission is one of the most important pieces of machinery inside your vehicle. It’s what transfers the power from your engine into the torque that spins your wheels. Whether you drive an automatic or manual, regular transmission inspections are vital to the longevity of your vehicle that’s why many manufacturers recommend a regularly scheduled transmission service.
Like an oil change for your transmission, help the performance and longevity of this key system, and visit us for a transmission fluid exchange. Transmission fluid helps lubricate, cool, and clean internal components of the transmission. It also helps maintain the hydraulic pressure necessary for the transmission to function properly.
How Do You Know Whether the Transmission Fluid Needs to Be Changed?
Checking transmission fluid isn’t always easy. In many cases, it’s necessary to have a mechanic put your car on a lift for examination. Some cars have a transmission dipstick or reservoir in the engine bay, so check under the hood first.
Even though fluid levels might look fine, it could be more difficult to discern whether there are pollutants or small metal particles in the fluid. “If your car is in for routine maintenance, ask your mechanic to check the transmission fluid,”.
Automatic Transmission Fluid Exchange:
Transmission gears deliver power from the engine to the drive wheels, shifting automatically to provide the best power and efficiency for your driving speed. Special transmission fluid cools and lubricates the gears. Over time, this fluid degrades, and its lubricant qualities diminish.
Changing the fluid at the correct intervals can help prevent premature wear and damage to the transmission. Removal of the old transmission fluid and replace it with the new, clean fluid of the grade recommended by your vehicle manufacturer.
Automatic Transmission Filter Replacement:
The automatic transmission filter helps remove dirt and contaminants from the automatic transmission fluid. This service includes:
- removing the transmission pan
- removing the old transmission filter and replacing it with a new transmission filter
- removing the old gasket material
- replacing the pan gasket with a new gasket and reinstalling the pan
- refilling the transmission with new automatic transmission fluid to the proper level
What color is transmission fluid?
A dark red color, fluids are usually dyed to be more identifiable, no exception to the dark red color of transmission fluid. The color will darken with time and use.
What are the signs of a broken transmission?
If your vehicle refuses or struggles to change gears, has a burning smell, makes noises when in neutral, slips gears, drags the clutch, leaks fluid, the check engine light is on, or grinds and shakes, you may need to bring your car in for service
How to check transmission fluid?
Most manufacturers only recommend having the transmission fluid changed if the engine is consistently towing heavy loads. If your driving under normal conditions you probably never need to change your transmission fluid. With the engine still warm, leave the car on and in park. Pull out the dipstick, wipe it clean, replace it slowly, and then pull it back out. Check the fluid level to see where it reads on the “full” and “low” or “fill” marks on the dipstick.
How much does a transmission cost?
The average transmission can be anywhere from $2,000 to $7,000 depending on the make of your vehicle and which kind of transmission you manufacturer uses. The additional cost of labor is often between $500 and $1,200, and you should also take taxes and associated fees into account.