Preventative Maintenance: Caring for Your Vehicle’s Transmission

Transmissions come in second  only to engines when considering the most expensive components on a vehicle. Automatic or manual, the transmission is essential for running a vehicle. Its main function is to keep everything in balance. If the transmission fails, the car will be practically  useless.  Maintenance is essential in keeping your transmission healthy.

Let’s Explore the Transmission

First, it is important to understand what the transmission does. Its main role is to transfer power from the engine to the drivetrain. The transmission is responsible for altering the levels of power and speed that goes to the wheels. Transmissions use gears to keep your vehicle operating at the appropriate speed.

In all transmissions, gears must be shifted based on the speed of the vehicle. This shifting happens automatically and without driver input in an automatic transmission. Manual transmissions requires the use of a clutch pedal and the gear shift. The third pedal option is slowly becoming less popular, with the exception of many driving enthusiasts.

Extending the Life of Your Transmission

 What can you do?

  1. Check for leaks.
  2. Inspect your transmission’s dipstick for fluid level.
  3. Bring your vehicle to a complete stop before shifting into or out of gear.
  4. Change your transmission fluid at the recommended service intervals.

Like the rest of the vehicle, your transmission needs routine maintenance in order for it to perform properly and last for thousands of miles. There are two separate preventative maintenance services that can be performed in order to extend the life of your vehicle. One of these is a fluid exchange (aka. fluid flush.) The other is more intensive and is called a transmission service. What’s the difference?

transmission fluid exchange is where the technician performs a fluid exchange by the old fluid from the transmission. The mechanic then replaces it with new transmission fluid. This process helps to remove residue from the cooler, cooler lines and converters.

transmission service is a procedure that is designed to remove contaminants from the system. This service is much more intensive and will include removing, examining and cleaning the pan. The transmission filter is replaced, and a new pan gasket is installed. The technician will pump out the old fluid and replace it with new transmission fluid.

Aspen Auto Clinic uses a “dab-a-lube” to display and compare your vehicle’s fluid condition to fresh fluid.

There are two ways to determine when it is time to service your transmission. One way is to consult your owner’s manual for recommended service intervals. Comparison of fluids, like Aspen Auto Clinic’s dab-a-lube is the other way. Physically checking and determining the status of the fluid is the only way to really know if your fluid is ready to be exchanged or not.

Transmission fluid has many functions:

  • Cleans and protects metal surfaces from wear.
  • Lubricates the various parts of the transmission.
  • Conditions gaskets.
  • Helps to maintain cooling function and reduce high operating temperatures while increasing the temperature range.

The transmission filter:

  • Catches contaminants like dirt and debris before the fluid reaches the transmission.

How can Aspen Auto Clinic help you?

At Aspen Auto Clinic we don’t just repair your car, we work with you to help you keep your car in excellent running order for many years to come! Our Service Advisors can help you determine the service interval requirements for your vehicle and we would be happy to check your vehicle’s fluids for free. We have four locations in Colorado Springs and one location in Englewood.

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