It’s easy to forget about servicing your transmission because it doesn’t need it very often, but proper transmission service keeps your vehicle running smoothly and helps you avoid costly repairs down the road.
The transmission undergoes a lot of stress. The grit you see in used fluid is bits of clutch material. This grit flowing through your transmission under pressure eats away at seals and gaskets which can lead to leaks.
The transmission operates at very high temperatures – about a hundred degrees higher than engine temperatures. Those high temperatures eventually cause the transmission fluid to start to break down and loose efficiency.
At best, your transmission won’t operate smoothly. At worse, it could lead to costly damage.
When your transmission’s running properly, it transfers more power from your engine to the drive wheels and improves fuel economy. That’s why manufacturers have recommended changing your transmission fluid at regular intervals. Your owner’s manual has a schedule for transmission service and, of course, your service advisor can tell you what the manufacturer recommends.
Your service center may be able to perform a transmission service while you wait, and the cost is quite reasonable. It’s downright cheap when you think about how much a major transmission repair can cost!
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