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.
Your vehicle’s transmission is essential for optimal performance—and if you allow the transmission to fall into disrepair, you shouldn’t be surprised when you encounter a whole host of other problems; potentially issues that are expensive to repair. Basically, your transmission is responsible for shifting gears, regulating the power generated by your engine. You can think of it sort of like a bicycle: You start pedaling in a low gear, building acceleration but not much speed; then, when you start coasting along a flat surface, you can switch to a higher gear and really ramp up your speed. Your transmission works in much the same way, and it can only do so when you take care of it—and that means being careful to check transmission fluid regularly, and perhaps even schedule a transmission flush.
A common question from vehicle owners: How often is a transmission flush needed? The short answer: It just depends. Some vehicles require a transmission flush more often than others. You can check your owner’s manual for a general recommendation. Also remember to get your transmission fluid checked on a routine basis, helping you stay on top of any transmission maintenance needs.
There are a few warning signs that it’s time for a transmission maintenance appointment. If you notice that your car seems to have a hard time shifting gears—if there is a jostling, or a grinding noise—that’s a dead giveaway. The car slipping out of gear, or changing gears at random times, is another one. And any whining noise you heard could point to a transmission issue. That means it’s time to take your car to Meineke in Kenwood OH for maintenance!
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