Though the engine gets all the credit, your car simply won't run without its transmission. The engine provides power, but the transmission is what takes that power and sends it out to the wheels in order to actually make the vehicle move down the street. Unfortunately, a lot of people tend to ignore their transmission until it becomes a problem. They don't prioritize standard transmission services like they do oil changes or tire rotations.
Transmission services don't need to be performed nearly as often as these other preventative maintenance services. The intervals may range anywhere from 30,000 miles up to 100,000 miles depending on the age of the vehicle, it's transmission system design, the use of the vehicle, its mileage, your driving habits and various other factors. However, getting your transmission serviced as needed is so very important. It doesn't matter if you drive a vehicle with an automatic transmission, CVT transmission or manual transmission. The transmission needs to be taken care of properly.
According to the transmission repair experts at LightHouse Automotive in Colorado Springs, here are 3 simple reasons why you want to get your transmission serviced regularly:
1. Better Vehicle Performance
If you ignore your transmission and let the fluid get old, thick and dirty, you will slowly be degrading all the vital parts inside. Transmission fluid keeps all the moving components properly lubricated and cooled. When the fluid is low or of poor quality, you will start to notice shifting issues and the vehicle may feel extra sluggish. Eventually, the performance will diminish more and more. You'll want to change out the transmission fluid and filter periodically, as well as replace the pan gasket to prevent fluid leaks. You may even need to flush the fluid lines if things are really getting bad.
2. Transmission Problem Prevention
The reason we call any maintenance "preventative" is pretty obvious. It is done to prevent parts from getting damaged and major problems from developing. Getting your transmission serviced regularly is a lot like getting your oil changed. You are injecting fresh, clean transmission fluid to keep everything running right. If you ignore your transmission's health, problems will likely develop. It could end up costing you thousands of dollars to have your transmission replaced or rebuilt.
3. Keep Your Car Lasting Longer
The transmission is one of your vehicle's most important systems. If it is not working right, it will affect everything else, including the engine, the drivetrain components, wheels, suspension, cooling system, exhaust system—you name it. A damaged transmission can have a snowball effect on the entire car as other systems and parts have to take on more stress while driving. If you let your transmission fall into a state of disrepair, you are ultimately decreasing the lifespan of the entire vehicle.
These are just a few key benefits of preventative transmission service. If you are in the Colorado Springs area and think you might be due for a transmission service—or may have other transmission concerns worth getting professionally inspected—call LightHouse Automotive today at (719) 465-0302 or schedule your service appointment online.