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Every car has a transmission—most of them automatic, some manual—and all of them do basically the same thing: The job of the vehicle transmission is to regulate the amount of power that goes to your wheels, always relative to the speed at which you’re traveling. The transmission actively shifts gears, much like on a multi-speed bike. Of course, there are some key distinctions between automatic and manual transmission, but what’s the same across every vehicle is that attending to regular transmission maintenance is vitally important.
It’s important to take your vehicle to Meineke whenever you notice problems with the transmission. As for how often you should have a transmission flush, that depends on the vehicle; some manufacturers recommend getting a transmission flush every 30,000 miles or so, others every 100,000. You can check in your owner’s manual, but what we really recommend is just having your transmission fluid looked at when you take your vehicle in for routine maintenance, like a tire rotation or oil change.
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.
One of the most common forms of transmission maintenance is the transmission flush—basically, having your dirty transmission fluid cleaned out and replaced. This is needed for a simple reason: As your transmission fluid becomes dirty, it ceases to function the way it’s meant to, and that can lead to more wear and tear for those gears. It’s recommended that you get a transmission flush done on a quasi-regular basis, much like you do with your oil change and tire rotation.
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.
The transmission flush is critical because it’s what helps you replace dirty transmission fluid. You see, the function of transmission fluid is to lubricate your gears, safeguarding them against everyday wear and tear. When the transmission fluid becomes dirty, the effects on your entire transmission system can be corrosive. It’s imperative to keep your transmission fluid in good working order, which is why both the transmission fluid check and transmission flush should be on your maintenance radar.
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