Transmission Service and Flush
When you tell most shops that your car is having transmission problems, they just tell you that you need to replace the whole transmission. In some cases there may be an electrical issue in the transmission and the repair cost for these items is significantly less than replacing the whole transmission. If someone tells you that you need to replace your transmission, get a second opinion. Transmission service may solve your transmission problems with less expense.
What Does A Transmission Do?
A transmission is a hydraulic pump that basically shifts gears to propel the vehicle forward or in reverse. With proper maintenance and fluid, the transmission should last you 300/400 thousand miles. The key to keeping your transmission running that long is proper maintenance, flushing the fluid every 30,000 miles, and changing the transmission filter every 60,000 miles. If you tow with your vehicle on a regular basis, we recommend flushing the fluid every 15,000 miles.
Signs That You May Need Transmission Service
The following signs may indicate that your vehicle has transmission problems and needs service:
- Difficulty shifting
- Shifting erratically
- Vibration at highway speeds at light acceleration
- Taking a long time to go into gear (1st or reverse upon startup)
- Slippage between shifts (RPMs go up)
- Slippage around corners (RPMs go up)
Most newer cars don't even have dip sticks to check the fluid. The car has to be taken to a shop and put on a hoist to check the transmission fluid. This means that a lot of times the transmission fluid gets neglected and can lead to transmission failure. A lot of the chain quick lube shops do not check your transmission fluid when you take it in for an oil change because of no dip stick. If you do use these quick lube shops for your oil changes, be sure to have your transmission fluid checked at least once a year.
Most repair shops don't have the equipment to perform internal repairs on transmissions. These types of repairs require OE style scan tools specific for your make and model. This means that they don't have an accurate way to scan the data and review it to determine the problem with your transmission. At Sallas Auto repair, we have the tools and experience necessary to provide transmission service and repair. We know what to do to keep it running properly. We also offer our 24,000 mile/2 year warranty on all transmission service repairs or replacement. Some replacements may even have longer warranties.