A Basic Guide to Transmission Maintenance

Sun Devil Auto Expert, published on 07/13/2015

What’s one of the most important parts of your car? If you’re thinking it’s the engine, you’re only half-right. Yes, the engine produces the power needed to turn the wheels, but translating that energy to motion at the wheel is the job of the transmission. Without an operable transmission, you won’t be able to get anywhere!

Transmissions wear and fail over time like any other component. You may notice a number of different symptoms that indicate you’re approaching, or are already at, the point where the transmission should be serviced. For automatic transmissions, rough shifting is a sign that transmission repairs might be necessary. When it comes to manual transmissions, an indicator could be grinding when shifting into gear. For any car, it’s important to note how it usually drives and to take notice of any unexpected differences.

Just like engine oil, transmission fluid must be replaced periodically. Heat and overall use reduce the fluid’s viscosity and ability to lubricate moving parts. Metal shavings from the internal gears can build up in the fluid, increasing wear on other parts as well. By having your transmission serviced regularly and inspected in between services, you can help maximize its lifespan.

Unfortunately, there are times when transmissions can fail due to no fault of your own. If you’re experiencing problems, the best option is to work with a full service auto repair shop with ASE certified technicians. A comprehensive external check can save you not only a lot of time, but also a lot of money – it may be nothing more than low fluid causing your transmission problems. An experienced technician can check the fluid level, conduct a road test, perform an engine operation test, and more to ensure that every possibility has been eliminated before considering transmission repair or replacement. By having the experts at Sun Devil Auto inspect the potential issue, you can be confident that you’ll be back on the road quickly and safely.