Transmission fluid deteriorates over time, much like oil and other automotive fluids. Some unique driving situations may speed up the deterioration process such as trailer towing or frequent stop-and-go city driving. Frequent, accelerated use puts additional strain on the transmission. It also increases the engine temperature of your vehicle. Driving under high stress conditions requires more frequent transmission fluid checks.
Depending on your vehicle’s make and model, the recommendation for a fluid flush does vary, but the general rule of thumb is to have it flushed every 30,000 to 50,000 miles depending on the type of driving you do regularly. A transmission fluid flush includes removal of old fluid, replacement of the fluid filter, and addition of new, clean transmission fluid. The five signs that it’s time for a transmission fluid flush are as follows:
1. Slipping gears – Fluid that is dirty or deteriorated can cause a drop in hydraulic power. This may also be caused by a low fluid level. Contaminants build up throughout the engine that block proper fluid flow. This build up needs to be flushed out to return your vehicle to optimal performance.
2. Surging – Unexplainable surging of the vehicle is another indicator that a transmission fluid flush is necessary. Build up of dirt, rust, and other contaminants blocks fluid flow and this blockage can also cause intermittent access to the pressure given off by your transmission. Improper fluid flow makes smooth operation of gears an impossibility, the end result being surging forward or falling back for reasons which have nothing to do with how you are trying to operate your vehicle.
3. Grinding – Contaminated transmission fluid often displays similar symptoms to lower fluid levels. If you notice grinding of any kind coming from the engine, stop and check your fluid level. If nearby, stop in to Master Tech Automotive and have our expert technicians check it for you. Grinding may be caused by sludge build up or dirt being circulated through your transmission fluid.
4. Stalling – Deteriorated transmission fluid may also cause your vehicle to stall or exhibit a delayed reaction when shifting into a new gear. A transmission fluid flush will remove the build up causing this reaction, making your car more reliable.
5. Fluid Color – Clean transmission fluid is bright red in color, but after time and wear, it turns a shade of muddy brown or even black. Grime and sludge change both the color and consistency of the fluid, making it less effective to your vehicle’s operation. Have our experts here at Master Tech Automotive check both the fluid level and color during your next visit.
If any of the above indicators occur on a regular basis, contact us today to perform a free transmission fluid inspection. We will work with you to determine if it is, indeed, time for a transmission fluid flush. If an appointment for service is needed, feel free to take advantage of our free shuttle service. Our goal is to minimize any inconvenience by keeping you a part of your daily routine. Take our shuttle back to your home or be dropped off at work and let us take care of your automotive service needs!