Your car transmission needs are just like all the other components requiring routine maintenance. Transmission service is equally important as changing your oil. Luckily for you, you don’t have to do it nearly as often. The key is servicing at the proper intervals and not servicing too late.
When Should I Service My Transmission?
You need to service it at regular intervals according to your manufacturer’s guidelines.
Automatic transmission – this is highly dependent on your vehicle. Some recommend as often as every 30,000 miles and others say never. Typically, they range from 60,000 to 100,000 miles, however changing the fluid more often doesn’t harm the vehicle.
Manual transmission – most automakers agree that fluid needs to be changed every 30,000 to 60,000 miles. If the vehicle sees heavy-duty use, that number lowers to every 15,000 miles instead.
If you are unsure when to service your transmission, give us a call at JP Auto & Fleet Services so we can advise you as to what is best for your vehicle.
What is an Automatic Transmission Fluid Change?
Your transmission directs energy from your engine to your wheels. The special fluid inside it lubricates and cools the many gears inside it. As time goes on, the fluid degrades, and these lubrication qualities diminish. By having a transmission fluid change from JP Auto & Fleet Services, you prevent damage and premature wear.
- Removal of old fluid
- Adding clean, new fluid that’s recommended by your automobile manufacturer
Automatic Transmission Filter Replacement
It’s also important to replace the transmission filter so the contaminants and dirt stay out of your transmission fluid.
- Removal of the transmission pan
- Removal of old filter
- Installing new filter
- Removal of the gasket material
- Replacement of the pan gasket
- Reinstallation of the pan
- Refilling to the proper levels
Most of the time automatic transmission service includes filter replacement and fluid changes at the same time.
Does Manual Transmission Service Differ from an Automatic Transmission?
Over time, friction, pressure and heat break it down. It’s also possible to have small pieces of the metal mix with the fluid as it comes apart from the gears.
Transmission care from JP Auto & Fleet Services includes:
- Draining the old fluid
- Refilling with the recommended type
Purpose of Transmission Fluid Service
Once you’ve had a transmission fluid service, the tranny reduces heat, has better lubrication, and improves the ability of internal components. It’s the way to get your transmission to work better and last longer. Then, you don’t have to worry about any major transmission repairs.
We offer all these services as well as a full transmission replacement if needed.
Signs You Need a Transmission Fluid Flush
We also provide transmission fluid flush. This consists of hooking your transmission to a machine where we can flush out the entire system. This gets out all the old fluid, to include the fluid trapped in the torque converter. A simple transmission drain and fill service only replaces the fluid trapped in the pan (about 1/3 of the total capacity). If you aren’t sure when it’s time to get a transmission fluid flush, here are some ways your car might be trying to tell you it’s time for one.
1. There’s a burning smell either outside or inside the vehicle
2. You notice fluid leaking
3. The check engine light has turned on
4. When you change gears, you feel shaking or grinding
5. When you accelerate, you notice a delay in movement. While the engine revs, your vehicle seems to gain speed slowly
6. Shifting has become harsh or rough
We’ve Got Your Transmission Fluid Service Needs Covered
By getting routine scheduled transmission fluid service you’ll feel peace of mind knowing that you’ve extended the life of your car.
For a transmission flush cost estimate, just give us a call today. JP Auto & Fleet Services is conveniently located in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and provides the quality of care your vehicle deserves.
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