Transmission Fluid Flush Service
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Your vehicle’s transmission is one of its most critical systems. If the transmission is damaged or not running properly, your vehicle will stop going anywhere, no matter what type of vehicle it is.
Most transmission problems start out small but get worse over time if they are ignored. Addressing needed transmission repairs quickly can save both time and money. This can be done by including your transmission system in your preventative maintenance routine and following the recommendations for a transmission fluid change.
When your vehicle is due for a transmission flush, you need a professional transmission shop with expert mechanics you can count on. Look no further than Martin Tire Company for professional service from ASE-certified technicians to prevent costly repairs down the road and keep your transmission running its best. Our goal is to ensure you are driving a vehicle that is running safely and in optimal condition.
The Importance of Including a Transmission Fluid Change in Your Vehicle’s Maintenance
The most common questions that we get about transmissions revolve around changing the transmission fluid. Most drivers don’t pay much attention to their transmission system until there is a problem. If you don’t change the transmission fluid regularly, your vehicle may have dirty or low transmission fluid. This can cause shifting problems or even cause the transmission to totally seize up, leading to a total transmission replacement.
Transmission fluid loses its effectiveness over time. Your vehicle’s preventative maintenance routine should include transmission fluid changes at the recommended intervals to help extend the life of the transmission system.
In general, a transmission flush should be done at the specific manufacturer-recommended mileage whether your vehicle has an automatic or manual transmission system. This ensures that the system runs optimally, stays properly protected, and avoids expensive problems down the road.
What Happens During a Transmission Fluid Change?
A transmission flush/change is a simple task that can be done quickly at your nearest auto shop, taking about the same amount of time as an oil change.
At Martin Tire Company, our transmission fluid change service includes:
- Dropping the vehicle’s transmission pan and flushing the old transmission fluid out.
- Putting new fluid in and replacing the transmission filter (if applicable).
- Inspecting the transmission system for indications of excess wear, corrosion, or damage.
If your vehicle has a transmission fluid filter, it’s important to change it during a fluid change as well. Many newer vehicles don’t have one, so check your owner’s manual to find out if your vehicle has a transmission filter.
If your vehicle is due for a transmission flush, schedule your appointment online today! Looking for transmission flush coupons? Make sure to check our coupons page for the latest deals to save on your transmission service.
How Frequently Should a Transmission Flush Be Done?
The recommended mileage interval for a transmission fluid change depends on the type of vehicle and transmission. Your owner’s manual is the place to look for the specific recommendation for your vehicle’s transmission. But here are the general recommendations:
The recommended transmission flush interval varies from every 30,000 miles to over 100,000 miles (or never in some new vehicles). Many newer model vehicles recommend a service interval between 60,000 and 100,000 miles.
For manual transmission fluid, many vehicle manufacturers recommend that it be changed every 30,000 to 60,000 miles. If a transmission gets heavy-duty use, it is often suggested to have a fluid flush done every 15,000 miles.
Why Checking Your Vehicle’s Transmission Fluid Regularly is Important
Transmission fluid plays a vital role in protecting your engine, but it doesn’t last forever. You should check the fluid regularly to ensure that it is not too dirty to effectively do its job or that the level is not too low. Ideally, you should get in the habit of checking the fluid once a month or at any indication of unusual operation.
The first thing to look at when checking the transmission fluid is the fluid level. If it is low, top the fluid off to bring it to the proper level. A low fluid level could indicate a leak in the system, which can turn into a serious problem very quickly. If your fluid level is low, make sure to have the transmission checked right away.
The second thing to check is the color and consistency of the fluid. You want to see a bright, translucent, and vibrant red fluid. If the fluid is a very dark red or brown, smells burnt, or has bits of dirt or metal in it, then you should have a transmission fluid change done as soon as possible at your closest Martin Tire Company location.
Common Indicators of Transmission Trouble
Knowing common indicators of transmission issues can help you catch problems early and prevent a minor issue from becoming a much bigger and more costly transmission service situation.
Of course, if your vehicle will not move, that is a clear sign there may be a transmission problem. But there are other indicators as well. It’s time to get your transmission checked if:
- Check engine light is on: This light can indicate a variety of things, including a transmission issue. If the check engine light is illuminated, bring your vehicle to Martin Tire Company, where our expert technicians can pinpoint the exact problem.
- Difficulty shifting gears: If it is difficult to physically move the shifter between gears or it will not move at all, there is a transmission issue. Have the system checked as soon as possible to avoid causing further problems.
- Transmission seems to be slipping: Smoothly keeping track of gear shifts is one of the most important jobs of your transmission system. If it is failing, the system can sometimes shift into neutral unintentionally, severely impeding your ability to control the acceleration or deceleration of your vehicle.
- Transmission is abnormally loud or makes grinding sounds when shifting gears: If the vehicle is making loud knocking, grinding, or other unusual sounds when it is idling or accelerating, there may be an issue in the transmission system.
- Leaking transmission fluid: There should never be fluid actively leaking from your engine (besides water draining from the AC system). When transmission fluid is leaking, it will usually puddle under the middle of the vehicle. If you do see red fluid leaking, bring your vehicle in for service as soon as possible.
- Problems with the clutch: A clutch pedal that grabs much higher than normal could just need an adjustment. But it’s more likely caused by a worn clutch disc and pressure plate. Alternatively, a clutch pedal that engages very low usually indicates a problem with the hydraulic system or linkage that operates the clutch. If there are no hydraulic leaks, a simple adjustment might solve this. If you notice either issue with the clutch pedal, bring your vehicle to the experts at Martin Tire Company to solve the problem.
Visit Martin Tire Company for Professional Transmission Service & Repair
When you need a transmission fluid change or any other transmission service, visit the professional mechanics at Martin Tire Company. We can help extend the life of your vehicle and prevent common transmission problems.
Our expert ASE-certified technicians can also answer any questions you may have about your vehicle’s transmission system, transmission fluid changes, and other auto maintenance or repairs that your car, truck, or SUV may need.
Schedule your appointment online for a transmission flush today!
Frequently Asked Questions
There are three kinds of transmission: manual, automatic, and hybrid. The car’s transmission does the same thing in each case: it uses the engine’s power to create torque. This allows the wheels to rotate along its axle. The transmission also disengages the engine when you want the car to idle.
Yes, which is another reason to keep up with your schedule of preventative maintenance appointments at a Martin Tire transmission shop. Transmission repairs are one of the costliest auto repairs, so identifying a potential problem early can save you a great deal of money.
A transmission flush means all the fluid is removed and replaced with new fluid. The transmission filter is also replaced.
With a transmission fluid change, the fluid is manually drained, the filter is replaced, and half the fluid is replaced with new fluid. The rest is old fluid.
Transmission fluid lubricates the entire gear system. In many cars, this fluid must be changed every so often. Check your car’s owner manual for the manufacturer’s recommendations. But, to make sure nearly all the old transmission fluid is removed, get a transmission flush. Your transmission will operate cooler, and you’ll get the best protection against worn clutches, gears, and bearings. Shifting will be consistent, too.
The main advantage of a fluid change over a flush is the cost. It costs less because it doesn’t require replacing all the fluid with new fluid.
You can anticipate transmission fluid changes after driving between 60,000 to 100,000 miles for cars with automatic transmissions. Manual transmissions generally require more frequent fluid changes. However, some vehicles are built to never require a fluid flush.
Speak to a Martin Tire ASE-certified mechanic to determine which is best for your car and budget.
It’s impossible to tell without inspecting your car’s transmission first, as the price varies depending on the state of the transmission. According to the Transmission Repair Cost Guide, replacing a vehicle transmission cost an average of $2,600 in 2020.
Before beginning any work, we will first inspect your car and provide you with a detailed quote for our recommendations for you to approve.
You can, but we don’t recommend it. Rebuilding a transmission on your own is not easy—it requires special tools and a lot of strength. Transmission parts can be confused with other parts. The engine, the old transmission, the torque converter, and the transmission oil pan must all be removed. If you aren’t careful, you can create more problems than you started with.
Instead, have our experts inspect your system. You can rely on their experience and knowledge when working on your vehicle’s transmission.
- Problems engaging the transmission/staying in gear
- Vehicle “slipping” while attempting to shift gears
- Visible transmission fluid leaks under the car
- A burning odor
- Unusual noises, such as humming or grinding, clunking, whining, machine-like thunks when shifting, or a bumping sound when the car is in neutral
Schedule an appointment with our transmission experts as soon as possible if you notice any of these warning signs.
Transmission fluid is vital to the operation of your transmission, as it helps lubricate the system. This fluid must be changed periodically in many vehicles. Fluid changes are generally necessary after driving between 60,000 to 100,000 miles for cars with automatic transmissions. Manual transmissions generally need fluid changes well before this mark.
Despite this, some vehicles have been designed to never require a fluid flush. The team at Tire Works can quickly determine if and when your transmission fluid should be flushed or changed.
Driver neglect. Low transmission fluid levels, dirty fluid, or a clogged filter are the most common problems. The car’s driver can fix these things by following the information in the vehicle’s owner’s manual. Checking the fluid on time and changing it if necessary solves the problem, especially in harsh weather and when towing or driving in hilly areas. Putting pressure on the transmission and neglecting it can lead to expensive problems.
Major transmission repairs include:
Minor transmission repairs include:
- replacing defective solenoids
- re-sealing for leaks
- replacing parts
- throttle cable adjustment
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Today’s vehicles use more advanced gears in their automatic transmissions, so fuel efficiency is about the same as manual transmissions.
A continuously variable transmission is sometimes called a single-speed, stepless, or shiftless transmission. This transmission has an infinite range of gears available as you drive. Its advantages are somewhat better gas mileage, better control on hilly terrain, and no hard shifting between gears. Its disadvantages include noise, a higher repair cost, and a short life span.
It doesn’t have to. To keep the transmission from overheating during towing, use an auxiliary transmission fluid cooler. The heated oil flows through the cooler and then returns to the transmission, reducing the chance of overheating.
However, using a cooler doesn’t mean you can tow more. Instead, it simply helps the transmission stay cooler while towing. Contact us to discuss any questions you may have with one of Martin Tire’s mechanics.