The transmission is one of the most crucial components for ensuring the smooth and efficient operation of your vehicle. Without proper maintenance, its operation can be hindered, with noticeable effects on the quality of your ride. Transmission problems usually cause violent grinding noises, gear slipping, hard shifting, and other serious interruptions to your driving.
At Christian Brothers Automotive, we help our customers be more vigilant about transmission health. Our ASE-certified technicians can perform a thorough transmission fluid flush and ensure that your transmission will continue to run safely and efficiently. If you think it’s time to have your transmission serviced, our friendly, experienced team is ready to assist you.
What is a transmission? It’s an intricate component of gears and sensors that acts as a bridge between your engine and your wheels. The transmission ensures that the energy provided by the engine travels smoothly to the tires, providing better, safer control for the driver.
This activity generates a lot of heat, though. Transmission fluid keeps your transmission from getting too hot and sustaining damage. As this fluid is used over time, it becomes less efficient, leaving your transmission more vulnerable to heat damage.
The best way to prevent costly transmission repairs is to keep your transmission fluid fresh. At Christian Brothers Automotive, we can remove your old transmission fluid, perform a complete flush of your transmission system, and install new, premium-quality fluid. We use state-of-the-art technology to monitor this process—and we even see the old, muddied transmission fluid extracted from your car.
Frequently Asked Transmission Repair Questions
As you drive, the transmission helps you shift gears. Most vehicles on the road today use an automatic transmission. You won’t get anywhere in a hurry if your transmission isn’t functioning properly. We’re here to answer some of the commonly asked questions about automatic transmissions.
1. What Factors Determine the Price of Transmission Repair?
Many different factors go into determining costs of transmission repair. The major factor is what type of vehicle you drive. The year, make and model of the car, determine how much parts and labor will cost. Another factor is how much damage the transmission has sustained. Your transmission should last a minimum of 100,000 miles by servicing your transmission on a regular basis.
2. What Does Automatic Transmission Include?
Fluid is first drained from the pan during an automatic transmission service. A new transmission filter is installed with a new pan gasket once the pan has been removed. Finally, fresh automatic transmission fluid (ATF) is used to refill the vehicle.
3. Is There a Difference Between a Transmission Fluid Change and Flush?
During a transmission fluid and filter change, it’s only the fluid in the pan that is drained and replaced with new ATF. Four to five quarts of fluid will typically be replaced in this process, while nine to thirteen quarts are replaced during a full transmission fluid flush. The difference in amounts is because the complete flush drains the entire system.
Ways to Extend the Life of Your Transmission
If you don’t do any maintenance on your transmission, it can fail in only 50,000 miles. However, with regular care and maintenance the lifespan of your transmission can be vastly improved and help you keep repair costs to a minimum. The team at Christian Brothers Automotive is here to share these two easy ways to take care of your transmission.
Our transmission experts recommend getting an automatic transmission fluid exchange every 50,000 miles. Typically factory recommended service is a little bit more than that, but it doesn’t account for harsh driving and weather conditions drivers’ face on a daily basis. Once you’ve hit 50,000 miles, have your Christian Brothers Automotive location perform a complete fluid flush.
Use the Correct Transmission Fluid
Although it might seem obvious, many people don’t know it’s essential to use the automatic transmission fluid recommended by your vehicle’s manufacturer. This is because different fluids contain different additives that function specifically for certain transmissions. Only the recommended type will ensure your transmission performs correctly. In the event that you’ve had the original transmission changed should you use the recommended fluid for that particular transmission.
Aside from using the right fluid and regular care, here are a few driving habits that can help your transmission.
- Don’t shift when your car is moving. You’ll most likely hear a grinding noise if you do.
- Don’t ride the brake. Continuously pressing the brake pedal as you drive makes work much harder for your transmission.
- Let your engine warm up. If the temperature dips in the winter, allow your vehicle a few minutes to run before putting it gear. This gives the transmission fluid time to warm up so it can lubricate the moving parts.
Want to learn more about our transmission services? Contact our dedicated team today.
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