It’s wise to incorporate transmission inspection and repair into your routine maintenance schedule. When you get your tires rotated and your oil changed, also have the transmission fluid examined, and flushed if needed. Of course, you shouldn’t hesitate to take your car in for transmission repair at the first sign of a problem.
Your transmission system itself works a bit like a bike. When pedaling a multi-speed bike in a low gear, it’s easy to get acceleration, but hard to work up much speed. By shifting into a higher gear—once the bike is on level ground and moving at a decent clip—higher speed can be achieved. That’s essentially the same function that transmission serves within a car—regulating the power relative to speed. And that requires the use of transmission fluid, which serves a critical function—lubricating your gears and minimizing the effect of daily wear and tear. All of this points to a basic point about vehicle maintenance: You should have transmission fluid inspection—and yes, transmission flush—as part of your regular preventative maintenance schedule.
The frequency with which your car needs a transmission flush varies. With some vehicles, it’s every 30,000 miles. Others can go more than 100,000. A smart solution is to ask for a transmission fluid check every time you get your oil changed and tires rotated. Your Meineke service professional can make further recommendations for ongoing transmission maintenance.
As for how often you need a transmission flush, it just depends on the kind of car you’re driving. The best practice is to simply check transmission fluid whenever you do your other routine vehicle maintenance. Meineke’s service technicians can tell you if you’re do for transmission repair or for a transmission flush.
Transmission fluid is a critical part of your transmission, serving in one key capacity: It keeps your gears lubricated, and safeguards them against wear and tear. In other words, it extends the lifespan of your transmission system. As the transmission fluid becomes dirty, though, it doesn’t lubricate nearly as well, which is why you’ll eventually need to schedule a transmission flush.
It’s easy to overlook your vehicle’s transmission, especially if you have an automatic. It does its thing—shifting gears, regulating your engine’s power—totally in the background, and you don’t much notice it until it starts acting up. That doesn’t mean it isn’t essential, because it is; you need a functional transmission for your car to perform optimally. And of course, a working transmission isn’t going to happen by accident. You have to be intentional about it, taking care of your transmission through regular transmission maintenance and a routine transmission flush.
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