The transmission of a vehicle can be compared to that of a bike. In a multi-speed bicycle, low gears allow for quick acceleration, but not for very much speed; once you get going, you can switch into a higher gear to get that speed. Cars work in essentially the same way, and it’s vital to match your engine output to the speed at which you’re traveling; otherwise, your car simply won’t perform very well.
It’s important to have your transmission fluid flushed every so often because, over time, it becomes very dirty—and dirty transmission fluid simply isn’t able to provide the lubricating functions your transmission needs. Thus, your transmission system will bear the brunt of everyday wear and tear, and you could start to experience more and more problems.
To understand what makes a transmission so important, think of a bike. When you pedal in a low gear, you can get great acceleration, but usually not much speed. Once you start coasting along a flat surface, you can switch to a higher gear and start improving that speed. Your car’s transmission does basically the same thing, modulating your power to ensure optimal performance.
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.
The question is, when do you know it’s time to schedule some transmission maintenance? Well, it’s good to check transmission fluid levels regularly—perhaps when you bring your car in for an oil change or tire rotation, once or twice a year. You should also schedule transmission repair if you notice any problems shifting gears, such as strange noises during the gear shift process.
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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