Most drivers are vigilant in getting oil changes for their vehicle, but clean transmission fluid is just as important, and we’ll tell you why. First of all, you may be wondering; what is transmission fluid? Transmission fluid is another vehicle lubricant but formulated to protect the gears and clutch packs to enable those smooth, precise shifts. Low transmission fluid levels cause hesitation, surging, increased transmission temperatures and jerky shifts.
After a transmission flush, when the transmission fluid is clean and leveled up, your transmission will get the best protection against wear to clutches, gears and bearings because it’s running cooler with clean, high-quality fluid. A filter change is also important at this time because contaminants can accumulate in the old fluid and become lodged in the filter. A transmission flush will vary in cost depending on current costs of transmission fluid, the total-fill capacity specific to your vehicle and the filter and gasket cost. A pan-drop, as pictured above, requires less transmission fluid than a flush, so will most likely cost less, depending on where you get your vehicle serviced. Pan-drops cost less, but are less effective because they remove only about a third of the transmission fluid, reducing the performance of new fluid.
How often you have the transmission fluid flushed in your vehicle depends on the brand and driving habits, so it’s best to go by the book and check your owner’s manual and follow the manufacturer’s instructions. If you have questions about transmission flushes and service, call us for a consultation or to book an appointment. We have two convenient locations in Kamloops in Valleyview and the North Shore.
For more information, please see our Auto Services page.
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