Owning a vehicle can be stressful. From the initial purchase to the expense of insurance and gasoline, it is easy to see the challenges. Unfortunately, driving is most likely an important part of your daily life, so owning and operating a vehicle is an unavoidable necessity. Considering that the cost of a transmission rebuild averages $2,800 to $3,800, maintenance is essential for reducing the risk of expensive repairs. Using this guide, you will understand the importance of flushing your transmission fluid to reduce your risk of a complete transmission failure.
Fluid Failing You?
Transmission fluid is an imperative part of your vehicle’s ability to drive, shifting gears as you accelerate or decelerate. If your transmission fluid is dirty or outdated, you may experience the following while driving:
- Rough Shifting
- Slipping or Difficulty Shifting Gears
- Noticeable Sounds while Shifting – Excessively loud popping, clicking, and grinding while accelerating or decelerating
After noticing the above issues, check your transmission fluid. Remove the fluid’s dipstick and inspect its color and texture. If the fluid is dark, you should change your transmission fluid as soon as possible.
While shocking to many, 9 out of 10 transmission failures are due to old, discolored transmission fluid. Fortunately, preventing a complete failure and expensive repairs is possible.
Changing your Fluid
Changing your transmission fluid is an inexpensive, yet highly effective, task to maintain your vehicle’s operation. To get started, park your vehicle and place old towels, newspapers, or cardboard underneath to protect your driveway from stains. Then, use the following steps to flush and change your transmission fluid:
- Place a drip pan directly under the fluid reservoir under your vehicle.
- Remove the transmission pan cover by undoing the bolts with a wrench. Use caution when undoing the bolts, since the fluid will drain quickly into the drip pan.
- Remove the transmission filter and O-ring. These will also need to be replaced.
- Install the new filter and O-ring, securing both in place with a layer of auto grease.
- Reinstall the reservoir cover and tighten the bolts with your wrench.
- Move to the top of your vehicle and unscrew the fluid reservoir cap. Add new fluid, as recommended by your vehicle’s manufacturer. Add the fluid one quart at a time to ensure you do not have overflow.
- Start your vehicle’s engine. Let it idle for a few minutes.
- Check the fluid dipstick to ensure it is full and displaying a brighter, cleaner color.
Maintaining your vehicle’s transmission with this simple task can save you stress, time, and money. For more information, contact The J.A.P. Shop or a similar location.