You likely know that transmission repair services can be among the most expensive. Your transmission, whether automatic or manual, is a complex machine. Preventative maintenance can help to ensure that it stays in good condition so that you can avoid major repairs. Depending on your vehicle, you may need a transmission flush as part of your regular maintenance at Austin’s Pro Max in Tacoma.
Your transmission fluid helps to keep your transmission well-lubricated and in good condition. However, it also picks up contaminants over time and occasionally needs to be changed.
A transmission flush is just the process of replacing your current transmission fluid with fresh, new fluid. There are two ways of doing this: draining the old fluid, then adding the replacement (like an oil change), or pumping the new fluid in, pushing out the old.
These may sound similar, but the latter is a better way of flushing your transmission fluid. It will help to prevent any residue or contaminants left in the system from compromising the new fluid.
Check your vehicle’s owner’s manual for the schedule when you should be performing a transmission flush. Typically, it is every 30,000 to 50,000 miles. However, some manufacturers say you can go even longer, sometimes up to 150,000.
Frankly, it is best to do it more often. Your transmission is a complicated item with intricate parts. It is better to do this simple preventative maintenance every 30,000 miles than to wait until 150,000 and realize it was a mistake.
If done right by an experienced mechanic, there are no drawbacks to doing a transmission flush. However, if done poorly, the process can disturb contaminants in your transmission line that can harm your vehicle. It is important to note that those contaminants were already in the system. Getting a good flush from a team of certified technicians with the right equipment is the smart decision.
If you are in the Tacoma area and need transmission maintenance or repair, contact Austin’s Pro Max. You can find us at our convenient South Tacoma Way location or call us to schedule an appointment.