Repairing or replacing your transmission can be one of the most expensive repairs you may have to make on your vehicle. Maintaining your transmission according to your vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations, not only prolongs its life but it can prevent a costly repair or breakdown in the future. Of all the systems in your vehicle, the transmission is one of the most complicated. It uses a complex system of hydraulics and gears to transfer power from your engine to your wheels. As you can imagine, with all the work and shifting that happens when you drive, a lot of heat is created inside the transmission.
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To help maintain a safe and constant operating temperature, your vehicle uses transmission fluid to cool and lubricate the moving parts. The fluid reduces the amount of potentially damaging heat inside the transmission and helps increase the life of this important system. Because some of the ingredients in the transmission fluid break down over time due to this heat, many vehicle manufacturers recommend the fluid be replaced at specified maintenance intervals. Traditional transmission service only drains and replaces about 40% of the total fluid in the transmission. Partial fluid replacement may lead to increased heat buildup and transmission failure in the future.
Your mechanic should follow your vehicle’s manufacturer’s recommended service interval to perform a complete transmission flush to remove all the fluid. Then, we replace it with new, clean transmission fluid. The result is a transmission that will be clean, cool and lubricated, providing reliable service for miles to come.