An automatic transmission relies heavily on ATF (automatic transmission fluid) for all of its major functions, and while you might say ATF is extremely useful for your transmission (which would be a huge understatement), that’s only if it’s in good condition and the right type. So although it’s essential to change the ATF every now and then, it’s also very important to make sure you’re using the right kind of automatic transmission fluid as well, or else you could be risking serious damage to your transmission. So with that being said, we’ll walk you through what you need to know about ATF. Continue Reading
You probably already know how important transmission fluid is for your automatic transmission, but one thing many people aren’t sure of is when to change transmission fluid. Transmission fluid acts as hydraulic fluid, lubricant, and coolant for your car, but that doesn’t mean it lasts forever. Transmission fluid has a shelf life too just like any other fluid in your car, and breaks down over time from heat, use, and contaminants. If left alone, it can start to cause erratic behavior with your transmission such as shifting issues, slipping, and overheating. So how do you know when to change transmission fluid? We’ll explain everything here. Continue Reading
Transmission repair is anything but cheap, and when you decide to take your car to a repair shop, you better make sure you pick a reliable shop that suits your budget. When transmission repair costs can range anywhere from $1000 to $4000, you don’t want to pay for a slipshod service and end up with a transmission that will only develop problems again. A poorly done repair can end up costing you more in the end, which is why you shouldn’t choose the cheap option all the time. You don’t want to overpay either, so an honest, high quality, friendly transmission repair shop is what you want. There are a few things you can look for in a shop before you decide to bring your car in for repairs. Continue Reading
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. Continue Reading
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. Continue Reading
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. Continue Reading
No sane person wants to pay full price for anything, what is this, an economically stable time? If you want to pretend that we aren’t in a recession, be my guest. But for all the logically sound people, saving money is almost always a good thing. As long as the shop you are bringing your car to is trustworthy and experienced, there’s a lot to benefit by using transmission flush coupons. You can knock off a couple of bucks of that tab–because transmission flushes are not always cheap–and treat yourself to a fine steak dinner or some low-risk investments. Plus, saving money always makes you feel smart and resourceful, and that’s priceless. Continue Reading
So as you know, a transmission flush is an effective service for your car as long as it’s part of routine maintenance. Whereas a fluid change only removes a portion of the old fluid, a transmission flush exchanges all of it for new fluid. It also removes contaminants in the cooler lines and the torque converter so no buildup can disturb the workings of your transmission.
But why do people prefer transmission flushes? Maybe because the leading cause of 90% of transmission failure is due to overheating, which can ultimately be traced back to inefficient transmission fluid. Although a fluid change is an effective service, a transmission flush is much more effective as all the added fluid is brand new!
That’s why getting a transmission flush can help to extend the lifespan of your transmission; even a 20 degree drop in fluid temperature can double the life of the transmission! If you’d like to learn more about transmission flushes, read our definitive guide. But how much does a transmission flush cost? We’ll explain the details here. Continue Reading
A question a lot of people with automatic transmissions ask during their car’s lifetime is whether or not they should get a transmission flush. You may have heard of a transmission fluid change before but you probably aren’t so familiar with an automatic transmission flush. It might sound quite different, and that’s because it is. Whereas a fluid change only removes some of the fluid, a transmission flush works to replace all of the old fluid with new fluid while eliminating contaminants and dirt as well.
People with automatic transmissions often prefer a transmission flush because it’s more effective than a fluid change, because removing all of the old fluid and adding new fluid helps to improve the fluid’s effectiveness, keeps transmission temperatures down, and helps to extend its lifespan. Continue Reading
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. Continue Reading