Other than maybe the engine itself, there is nothing more important in a car than the transmission itself. It transfers the power from the engine to the wheels, essentially controlling all forward or reverse motion. To put it simply, your vehicle wouldn't move at all without a working transmission.
That's why your transmission needs regular maintenance just like everything else in the vehicle. The most common transmission maintenance procedure is what we'd call a standard transmission service. It is often referred to by auto shops as an "automatic" transmission service, as well. However, it applies to all types of transmissions, including manual, automatic and continuously variable transmissions (CVTs).
A standard transmission service will entail removing the transmission pan and cleaning it. Then, a new transmission fluid filter is installed along with a new transmission pan gasket before fresh transmission fluid is put back into the reservoir.
The Benefits of Preventative Maintenance
If this process sounds similar to an oil change, that's because it is a similar preventative maintenance procedure. Your engine needs fresh motor oil to keep the moving parts lubricated properly and help prevent major internal engine damage. Likewise, the transmission fluid (or transmission oil) works within the transmission to keep the parts lubricated and cooled. This allows everything to work smoothly and minimize the risk of internal transmission damage that will be costly to repair.
How Often Do I Need Transmission Service?
The good news is that a transmission service isn't required nearly as often as standard oil changes. How frequently you need to change out your transmission fluid and filter will depend on the type of vehicle and your driving conditions. For most vehicles, it will be every 30,000-60,000 miles. Other newer cars may not need a transmission service more than every 100,000 miles or so. In many cases, there is no predictable mileage interval. You just need a transmission service when you need it. There are signs you can look for to let you know that your transmission is struggling. Check out this past blog article from LightHouse Automotive for those symptoms.
If you think you might be due for a transmission service or you are concerned there might be more significant problems with your transmission, count on the Colorado Springs auto repair experts at LightHouse Automotive. We're here to help with all your automotive needs. Call our shop today at (719) 465-0302 or book your next service appointment online.