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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.
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 transmission is one of the most important systems in your vehicle, yet many drivers don’t quite understand how it works. Essentially, the transmission regulates the amount of power your engine sends to the wheels, relative to the speed you’re going—ensuring an optimal performance. To accomplish this, your transmission needs transmission fluid, which lubricates your gears and prevents wear and tear. Additionally, vehicle owners should be aware of the need for routine transmission maintenance—and in particular, transmission fluid inspection and replacement. You can have this done at Meineke in Winchester VA, and we recommend making it part of your routine preventative maintenance schedule.
Transmission fluid serves a pretty simple purpose: It lubricates your gears. Thus, as they shift, the wear and tear they take on is minimal. Transmission fluid extends the lifespan of your transmission considerably, which is what makes it so important to schedule a regular transmission fluid check, and to replace your transmission fluid when it becomes too dirty.
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.
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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