As vehicle repair service providers, we get a lot of questions anytime we recommend transmission fluid change for customers at CarFix, Abuja. Most customers believe there is no need to change the automatic transmission fluid. This misconception is backed by the claims of some vehicle manufacturers.
some customers seeking for vehicle repair services in Abuja already have the notion that vehicle transmission fluid last for a vehicle’s lifetime. So they are always shocked when they are asked to change this fluid. That is why we will try to use this article to change this wrong notion to ensure that you are doing the best to keep your vehicle in good health.
Do You Really Need To Change Your Transmission Fluid?
Yes! you need to routinely change your vehicle’s transmission fluid. This process should be carried out by a professionals. For most vehicles a mileage of 30,000 to 60,000 interval is recommended. While some vehicles recommends a mileage of 100,000 interval before every transmission fluid change. Most vehicle owners that visit CarFix, Abuja comes in for this service, only when they have started noticing issues with their transmission, this is usually a very expensive error.
Why Do You Have to Change Your Transmission Fluid Routinely?
The transmission fluid, just like your engine oil, acts as a lubricant. This fluid is usually reddish and very slippery in nature. It helps the moving components inside your gear to move freely thus giving you a very efficient transmission system. Once you start running low on transmission fluid it is usually easy to notice.
For automatic transmissions changing your transmission fluid is usually due to contamination. like in a manual transmission, automatic transmission fluid will become contaminated with worn bits of the transmission. If these contaminants are not drained out, they will shorten the life of your transmission.
What happens if I don’t do this?
If you don’t change the transmission fluid on schedule, you’ll be lubricating your transmission with metal shavings and other contaminants. This will shorten the transmission’s life. The result could be a hefty payment to your mechanic. In other words, changing your transmission fluid at the correct interval is a good investment. especially here in Abuja where quality replacement vehicle transmissions are hard to find and will have to be shipped in from Lagos or oversea depending on the make of your vehicle.
Signs of low automatic transmission fluid
Failing Gear: If you suddenly start noticing that your transmission slips in and out of gear when engaged this is a common sign that you are running low on transmission fluid. This might also be a sign that some metallic parts in your transmission are already being affected by this problem.
Overheated Transmission: If you notice a burning smell, loss of power or smoke coming out of your transmission you need to pull over quickly as these are signs that your transmission is overheating. If you continue driving when this occurs your transmission might be badly damaged beyond repair.
Delayed gear engagement: When you’re low on transmission fluid you will experience a noticeable pause (2 to 3 seconds) when you shift into Drive and Reverse. This happens because there isn’t enough hydraulic pressure to initiate the gear change.
Irregular shifts: Another symptom of low fluid is irregularities in your shifts. You’ll know if your shifts are irregular if they are delayed, sped up, or slamming. The lack of fluid causes inconsistencies for both shift timing and smoothness.
Unable to shift: When your transmission fluid is on “E” your car will not shift at all. Fill up the reservoir with the correct fluid to temporarily fix the problem. However, you’ll still need to bring your car to our Clermont service center to diagnose the underlying issue.
Transmission failure: If you experience any of these symptoms after you’ve refilled the fluid reservoir it’s safe to say you are due for a transmission rebuild or replacement.
How to check your transmission fluid level
Manual: Checking the transmission fluid in a manual transmission can be difficult. A few thoughtful manufacturers have included a dipstick, but that’s the exception rather than the rule. If you own a car with a manual transmission, we suggest that you ask your mechanic to check the fluid level when your car is up on the lift during an oil change. It takes just a minute.
Automatic: If you own a car with an automatic transmission, your car will have a dipstick for this purpose. Be careful not to make the common mistake of confusing the transmission dipstick with the crankcase dipstick.
For most cars, checking the automatic transmission fluid consists of pulling the transmission dipstick out while the engine is warmed up and running and with the transmission in park. We suggest that you check your owner’s manual, however, since some manufacturers may have a different procedure.
And of course, always check your fluid level if you notice a leak of any kind.
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