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Transmission Services

A vehicle's transmission is a remarkable piece of technology that is essential to its overall performance.

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When this highly technical section of the drive train system does not operate as designed, the vehicle often loses power, produces a burning smell, suffers reduced fuel efficiency, or generates clunking and humming sounds. If your vehicle has any of these problems or if your check engine light is illuminated, there is a good chance that you need transmission service repair.

Transmission Repair Service & Maintenance

If there is an issue with your transmission, a technician can perform a computer diagnostic to find out if there is a problem in the control system. Or, they can identify the electrical component that needs to be replaced.

The malfunction might be due to a sensor instead of a mechanical problem. In other instances, the transmission fluid might need to be changed and flushed.

Transmission Services: Transmission Flush

If necessary, having your transmission flushed can help get your car back to running as intended. A transmission flush is essentially a process that helps push out grime and sludge that has accumulated in the transmission. First, the old oil is removed. Then, new oil and sometimes cleaning solutions are run through it to help remove the unwanted debris. Finally, the transmission is filled back up with new oil.

This is a big step to take, but ultimately, if your transmission is full of dirt and debris, this may be the best and only way to fix it.

Transmission Services: Transmission Fluid Change

Technicians will follow the guidelines recommended by your vehicle's manufacturer when performing the transmission fluid exchange, and if necessary, change the transmission filter as well. The worst case scenario is that the transmission will need to be replaced or totally rebuilt.

You should always have a technician change your transmission fluid at regular intervals and avoid overheating.

Meineke Transmission Service Shops

Adhering to your manufacturer's recommended transmission service schedule will allow your vehicle to function as designed. Call or visit your local Meineke Car Care Center for effective, expert transmission service at an affordable cost.

Transmission Services FAQs

The transmission of a vehicle has hundreds of components and interconnecting parts that are always interacting. Any of them can get worn out or fail, which is why there are many signs of transmission problems, such as:

  • You see fluid leaking from your car
  • You detect a burnt smell under your hood
  • You notice a delay in transmission shifting
  • You hear clunking or screeching while driving
  • Your manual transmission gear shifter doesn’t go into gear or it’s difficult to move
  • Your transmission fluid on the dipstick is too thick, cloudy or has a foul smell

The transmission fluid is a highly lubricating fluid that cools the gears inside your transmission and keeps them lubed. Because the fluid breaks down over time, it loses its ability to lubricate the gears, therefore putting them and the transmission torque at risk.

Always check your car manufacturer’s recommendations, but usually a transmission fluid exchange is due every 25,000 to 35,000 miles.

Differential fluid lubricates the metal gears of your car’s differential, preventing them from wearing down and fail. It’s important because it keeps your car balanced for a smooth and safe ride.

Transmission problems can be costly, so fixing versus replacing is a very common debate. If your current transmission is diagnosed with minor problems requiring a minimum amount of parts to be replaced, then fixing it might be a good option. However, if you’re experiencing many problems with your transmission or it takes too long to diagnose, then you should consider replacing or rebuilding it.

Check your transmission fluid regularly for strange smells and colors. It’s also important to use the right type of fluid for your vehicle. Your driving habits can also affect the transmission, such as changing gears while the car is still moving or not allowing the engine to warm up before starting to drive.

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