One of the most confusing vehicle components for many drivers is the transmission. With the intricate network of gears, bearings, and bands inside that case, it's no wonder so many people are unfamiliar with how to care for it or even how to know when it needs attention. If you want to avoid the dangers of a failed transmission, you should be in tune with its needs, including knowing when to have the fluid flushed and replaced. Here are a few things you should know.
Why Flush The Transmission?
A common question many drivers ask is why they should flush the transmission at all. After all, you can just drain the fluid and replace it, just like you do with an oil change, right? Not exactly. When you drain transmission fluid without flushing it, you'll only get about half of the fluid out of the case. That means you could still have dirty, burnt, or otherwise deteriorated fluid left in the transmission. Sure, adding new fluid will help to dilute the problem, but it won't get rid of it. Flushing the transmission gets all of that old fluid out of the system, allowing the new fluid to get a fresh start and possibly prolonging the life of your transmission in general.
When To Flush The Transmission
When it comes to transmission flushes, knowing when to do it is as important as understanding why it should be done. In general, you should consider having a full transmission flush done every couple of years. However, if you notice any trouble signs from your transmission, you may want to have it done sooner.
For example, if the transmission is not shifting cleanly, whether it's hesitant or hard to shift, that's a sign that there's buildup in the transmission fluid that's keeping the gears and synchros from moving the way that they should.
In addition, if the car surges forward inexplicably, whether it's when you're slowing down or under power, that indicates that the fluid isn't flowing properly through the transmission, so it's binding up and then freeing again.
Finally, if you check the condition of the fluid and it's visibly dirty or smells like it's burnt, you should have the transmission flushed completely right away.
Understanding these key transmission care facts can help you to keep your car safe on the road. Don't risk premature transmission failure due to poor maintenance. Talk with your local transmission shop today about scheduling a flush.