Transmission Fluid Exchange Service
Low fluid almost always indicates a leak or a malfunction in the transmission or its related components. You should be aware of changes in the driving characteristics of your vehicle.
- Late or early shifting
- Unusual noise of any kind
Excessive heat is a major cause of premature transmission failure and the reason why many cars end up in a transmission repair shop. Transmission service is also recommended after rocking the vehicle back and forth when stuck in snow or sand. This is due to the transmission operating in excess of 400 degrees. Heavy loads will cause overheating and reduce transmission life as well. You should use caution not to exceed the vehicle manufacturers weight limits.
From automatic transmission flush service to fixing rough shifting problems, Brakes Plus® is the trusted transmission repair shop that provides reliable, affordable automatic and manual transmission service. Here’s a rundown of the car transmission services we provide.
- Remove contaminated fluid from the transmission system using the industries best flush / exchange equipment.
- Replace up to 15 quarts of Synthetic transmission fluid
- Help smooth rough/hard shifting problems
- Filter extra (if needed)
- Shifting Problems
- RPM’s increase although vehicle “slips”, doesn’t accelerate as it should
- Overheating (engine overheating can be caused by a transmission that is not shifting properly)
- Improved shifting performance
- Improved fuel mileage
- Longer transmission life
How to check transmission fluid in an automatic transmission?
Look for a dipstick handle sticking out of your transmission. This is usually located toward the rear of an in-line engine on vehicles with rear-wheel drive. *Above Oil Dipstick. If your vehicle has front-wheel drive, the transmission fluid dipstick is sticking out of the transaxle. *To the right of the Oil Dipstick.
With the gearshift in Neutral or Park and the parking brake on, let your engine run. Be sure the engine is warm when you pull out the dipstick. (Don’t turn off the engine.)
Dip the tip of your finger into the fluid on the dipstick and rub the fluid between your finger and the tip of your thumb. The transmission fluid on the dipstick should be pinkish and almost clear. If it looks or smells burnt or has particles in it, have a mechanic drain and change the fluid.
Wipe the dipstick with a clean, lint-free rag; then reinsert it and pull it out again.
If the transmission fluid is clear but doesn’t reach the “Full” line on the dipstick, use a funnel to pour just enough transmission fluid down the dipstick tube to reach the line. Don’t overfill!
|WARNING: There are several types of transmission fluid. Each is made for a specific type of automatic transmission. Newer transmissions require different fluid than older ones. Check your owner’s manual to find out which type of fluid your vehicle requires.
How to check transmission fluid in a manual transmission?
The fluid level in a manual transmission must be checked with the vehicle on a hoist to enable the technician to reach a plug in the bottom of the transmission. Please call Brakes Plus to schedule your transmission appointment today.