Caring for your vehicle’s automatic transmission is neither expensive nor time-consuming, but it is important. Unfortunately, most people neglect maintaining their transmission until problems arise, and by then it may be too late. But just like getting your oil changed regularly and maintaining your vehicle’s engine and appearance, regular maintenance of your automatic transmission is essential to prolong the life of your vehicle and avoid some costly repair bills.
At Lifetime Transmission, we can help you ensure that your vehicle’s automatic transmission is properly cared for and maintained according to the manufacturer’s specifications and based on the type of driving that you do. One type of preventive maintenance that every automatic transmission does need on a regular basis is an inspection and fluid flush.
Over time, your vehicle’s transmission fluid breaks down and it becomes polluted with grime and contaminants. So if you’ve never had your automatic transmission serviced, it might be time. When you bring your vehicle to us for transmission maintenance, we first begin with a thorough inspection. We inspect the lines to make sure there aren’t any leaks. We remove the pan to ensure there are no signs of potentially serious issues, such as excess gunk and grime in the fluid, metal flakes, or fluid that is dark or black. If all is well, then we begin our transmission fluid flush.
A transmission fluid flush is a process where a professional-grade machine is used to flush out the old fluid from the system. A special solution is then forced through the system which cleans all of the lines. Once the lines are completely clean, new fluid is then added to the system, a new filter is installed, and all hoses and connections are checked for leaks once again.
How often should you have your automatic transmission serviced? Once every 2 years or 24,000 miles is the usual recommendation. Your owner’s manual will have specific information for your particular vehicle. However, much also depends upon how much you drive and the type of driving that you do.
But if you have any questions about your particular vehicle’s automatic transmission maintenance needs, please feel free to give us a call. We’ll be happy to answer your questions and help you maintain the health of your transmission and prolong the life of it as much as possible.