Transmission is a word that gets thrown around a lot when talking about cars, and rightfully so. This sizable automotive part works hard to keep your vehicle running. A well-operating transmission results in better fuel economy, a smoother ride, and gives you a much better chance at avoiding costly car repairs down the road.
In simple terms, a vehicle's transmission is comparable to a bike's gear shifter. As you speed up on a bike, you switch to a higher gear so your feet don't have to pedal as fast as the wheels spin. Similarly, your car's transmission switches the gears in your engine as you speed up or slow down, making sure the correct amount of power is distributed to your wheels.
As you speed up, the transmission works together with the clutch to disengage from the current gear it's in and switch to a higher gear. This ensures the engine doesn't spin too quickly while your wheels are zipping along the highway. As you slow down, the transmission switches your engine back down to lower gears.
Grinding noise – If you hear the sound of metal grinding on metal when your shifting gears, you may be low on transmission fluid. This is a different grinding than you may hear from your brakes wearing down.
Delayed or rushed shifting – You could have issues with your transmission fluid when your vehicle seems to shift gears too early or too late.
Erratic gear shifting – If your car unexpectedly pops in and out of gear, or the engine revs high in between gear shifts, this can indicate a faulty transmission.
Transmission fluid leak – If you find a puddle of fluid under your car that appears red or brown, you may be looking at transmission fluid and should have your transmission checked for leaks.
Smell that? Yikes! – If you notice a burning odor, this may be caused by overheated transmission fluid.
A transmission contains many moving parts that are constantly coming into contact with each other. As such, transmissions depend on fluid to keep all those parts lubricated and cool to move smoothly.
Other factors, such as excessive heat and cracked fluid lines, can cause transmission fluid to leak or become contaminated, which can result in serious issues and expensive repairs. A transmission fluid flush involves replacing the old transmission fluid with fresh fluid, providing the gears with proper lubrication and protecting your transmission from debris.
How often you should change your transmission fluid depends on mileage and manufacturer recommendations, but luckily, you shouldn't need to replace transmission fluid very often. Most vehicles should have their transmission fluid changed every 30,000-60,000 miles.
No matter your mileage, if you begin experiencing any of the symptoms above, stop by your nearest Brakes Plus as soon as possible to have your transmission checked out.
Whether you have a manual or automatic transmission, you can trust our expert technicians with your transmission needs. We'll start by removing contaminated fluid from the transmission system using industry-best flush and exchange equipment. In addition, our transmission flush service includes:
Replacement of up to 15 quarts of synthetic transmission fluid
Smoothing out problems with rough or hard shifting
Filter replacement, if needed (additional cost)
When it's time for a transmission flush or inspection, there's no place better than Brakes Plus. Simply schedule your service at a time that's convenient for you, but don't forget to check out our transmission service offers before stopping by!