Transmission Fluid and Transmission Repair
Transmission Fluid and Transmission Repair at DRIVE AutoCare because transmission fluid helps cool and lubricate your vehicle’s transmission’s internal parts. According to the Automatic Transmission Rebuilders Association, 90% of automatic transmission failures are caused by overheating and can be often blamed on transmission fluid that should have been replaced.
The transmission transfers power from the engine to the wheels of the car. An automatic transmission shifts the car into different gears depending on the speed that you are driving. In an automatic transmission car, the transmission system has an oil pan that contains the transmission fluid and fluid filter. The fluid provides the force required to shift into different gears. If an automatic transmission does not have enough fluid, or the fluid has been contaminated, it is possible for the transmission to start to slip and eventually fail.
During an automatic transmission fluid service, we will replace the pan gasket, filter, and transmission fluid. Some transmissions are “sealed for life” meaning that they do not require any service or maintenance. Check your owner’s manual for information on whether you have a sealed system or not.
We recommend a transmission fluid service approximately every 40,000 miles. However, if you notice any fluid underneath the car bring it in for an immediate inspection as soon as you can. Changing your transmission’s fluid regularly will greatly extend the service life of your vehicle’s transmission.
Common symptoms indicating you need to replace the transmission fluid are:
- Vehicle has a hard time running
- Vehicle stalls when going up or down a steep incline
- Check Engine Light is on
- Transmission makes noise