Life gets hectic, and it’s hard to slow down to perform mundane tasks that take them away from other obligations. However, postponing certain tasks comes with a heavy price tag. A perfect example is servicing and maintaining a car. Owning a vehicle has responsibilities and neglecting them means more hassles, and lost time and money down the road. The best technicians are those that help car owners understand the need for regular maintenance.
Transmission Fluid Exchange
One of the most important jobs of the auto specialist is transmission maintenance. As a critical part of the automobile’s engine system with many moving parts, keeping everything in order means keeping the vehicle running smoothly. One essential part of its maintenance is replacing the old transmission fluid or having the fluid exchanged. Internal gear wear can sometimes result in metal shavings floating around in the transmission fluid as a vehicle gets older. A fluid exchange drains old fluid, and if the technician uses an exchange and fill device, he can extract fluid from the transmission, lines, and cooler. However, is a fluid exchange alone sufficient to maintain optimal performance for a vehicle’s transmission?
Transmission Filter Change
Shops offering quick service will possibly say that a fluid change is all that’s need for a quick in-and-out service. However, a transmission specialist would strongly advise you to add a filter change to that service. Simply changing the fluid does not clean the filter. Transmission specialists encourage new filters for peak car performance.
When to Change
The best time to change a car’s filter is at the recommended transmission fluid change interval that you find in the vehicle owner’s manual. Most auto manufacturers recommend a transmission service every 30,000 miles. Some vehicles track fluid life inside its onboard computer and give the driver a warning when they are nearing its useful end.
Technicians can check for two other signs that it might be time for a transmission filter change. If the fluid smells burnt, or if it turns a dark color, the fluid needs to be changed. The filter should go too since it has likely absorbed a lot of old dirty fluid. Another indication is if the driver begins to experience unusual transmission behavior, either in the form of clunky gearshifts or unusual noises. These can also be clues that the filter and fluid need to be replaced, even if this occurs between the recommended service intervals.
While a change in the fluid can make a big difference and needs to be done regularly, a transmission service is not truly a complete service unless the filter is changed as well. As part of a system, completing both is crucial to keeping all the moving parts running smoothly. The professionals at Mighty Auto Parts are here to help you by supplying the highest quality parts to offer the service your clients deserve.
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