Category: Transmission Maintenance

What Transmission Do I Have?

Hopefully you already know whether you’re driving a manual or automatic transmission, but you will also need to know the type of transmission you have in order for the proper repairs to be done. Some makes can have several different models depending on engine size, so it’s up to you to know which one you have. If you’re also looking to rebuild your transmission, it’s important to know what parts you will need for your specific transmission. So if you ever yourself “What transmission do I have?”, we’ll explain how to find that out here.

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5 Tips to Extend the Life of Your Transmission

Most people only care about saving money after the fact, in this case, once a transmission is kaput and repair or replacement is necessary. But if you’re a smart person, and we hope you are, you should be preventing problems from happening and doing everything you can to get the most miles out of your transmission. What’s better? Having a transmission that only lasts 60,000 miles because it develops problems OR having a transmission that lasts 120,000 miles because you took care of it properly? Obviously the latter, because repair or replacement isn’t cheap, and proper transmission maintenance isn’t difficult nor does it cost much. So here are 5 simple tips to extend the life of your transmission.

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What Are the Parts of a Transmission?

An automatic transmission has a lot of parts to it, and it’s not an easy thing to understand at first. The main components of an automatic transmission include the torque converter, planetary gearset, pump, clutches, bands, sensors, valve body, and last but not least is the transmission fluid, otherwise known as ATF. All the parts of a transmission are crucial, and work together to deliver torque to the wheels so you can get from point A to point B. It’s a remarkable piece of machinery, and to better understand how your car works we’ll explain all the parts of a transmission here.

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Transmission Flush vs Fluid Change

What’s the difference between a transmission flush vs fluid change you ask? And which is the more effective service? Before we explain what the differences are, you should remember that the transmission holds fluid within the transmission pan as well as the torque converter. A good majority is actually inside the torque converter, up to 40% of the total volume. With that said, we will go ahead and explain the differences between a transmission flush vs fluid change. 

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What Transmission Fluid Do I Need?

You know that transmission fluid is important for your car, but what specific type of transmission fluid are you supposed to use? With so many different types on the market, it can be a confusing chore picking the right kind. There are different grades of fluid out there all with different properties and specifications. Although the owner’s manual of the vehicle will give you the most accurate details regarding transmission fluid, we will explain the various types and the general car makes they are used for. So if you’ve ever asked yourself the question, “What transmission fluid do I need?”, look no further because we have the answer.

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How to Change Transmission Fluid

Changing transmission fluid shouldn’t be a difficult task. In fact, once you do it a few times it will become much easier, not to mention cheaper in the long run as well. A transmission fluid change is the the best service you can get on your transmission to make sure that it runs smoothly and efficiently. As fluid ages, it breaks down and attracts contaminants and dirt which can accelerate the life of your transmission. Old fluid becomes less effective at lubricating and cooling all the parts of the transmission which makes it vulnerable to heat.

Allowing your transmission to run on dirty fluid can lead to a number of problems, such as clutch problems, shaking, shifting issues, slipping, and worst of all failure. Need an idea of how much your transmission hates heat? It is estimated that 90 percent of transmission failures occur due to overheating. That’s no joke, so if your transmission fluid isn’t meeting specs, it might be causing more harm than good to your transmission. So what should you do? Changing transmission fluid on a routine basis can help get rid of old fluid and provide for more efficient cooling and lubrication, and you can do it yourself! So here’s how to change transmission fluid the right way.

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What Color is Transmission Fluid?

You are probably wondering what color is transmission fluid, because that’s a pretty important detail you can’t overlook when maintaining your transmission. How else are you going to tell the transmission fluid apart from all the other fluids in your car? Besides the transmission fluid there’s the engine oil, the coolant, the brake fluid. the powering steering fluid, and also the windshield washer fluid. You don’t want to mistake one type of fluid for another do you? That can lead to some pretty serious disasters down the road, like if you were to put engine oil in the transmission reservoir. Lord have mercy, we wouldn’t want that! Well, get on with it then man, what color is transmission fluid?

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Transmission Fluid Change Cost

A transmission fluid change is probably the most common service people get on their cars. In fact, a transmission fluid change is often referred to as a transmission service. There’s also the transmission flush though which some consider more effective. You can read more about the cost of a transmission flush here.

But back to the topic at hand, it’s suggested that you get a fluid change every 30,000 to 60,000 miles, or once every 2 years. What is most important when getting a fluid change is to make sure the pan is cleaned and the filter is replaced. That’s because the pan and filter can collect contaminants over time and if left alone it can mix with the new fluid rendering the fluid change pointless. So make sure the service includes replacing the filter and that the pan is thoroughly cleaned. The point of all this is to replace the old fluid with new fluid, so that the transmission can work more efficiently and last longer. But you are probably wondering how much does a transmission service cost, but don’t worry, we will go over that in a moment.

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How to Check Transmission Fluid

Why is checking transmission fluid so important? Well, how else are you going to learn about the health of your transmission? Not only can checking the fluid tell you a lot about your transmission, it can also help you decide on what steps you can take to ensure it continues to run like a charm. Checking transmission fluid should be part of a routine basis and not just something you do when you start experiencing problems, because once you notice a problem it probably means there has already been some damage done to your transmission. It can also help you to diagnose smaller problems such as leaks, low fluid levels, and worn out fluid so that you can save some cash and a troublesome trip to the repair shop. Without further ado, here’s how to check transmission fluid the right way.

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