Engine & Transmission Service

Maintenance schedules offered by car manufacturers always include the transmission. As stated earlier, transmission fluid plays a critical role in how a transmission functions and the car part longevity. Like engine oil, transmission fluid should be checked and changed on a regular basis; however, the interval is different for all vehicles and dependent on the transmission and fluid type as well as use.

Transmission Maintenance

Most experts feel severe use warrants a recommended 15,000-mile (24,140-kilometer) fluid and filter change interval. Severe use is defined as more than 50 percent use in heavy city traffic with ambient temperatures above 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32.2 degrees Celsius) Remember the correlation between heat and lifespan? Experts also recommend changing the fluid whenever there is an indication of oxidization or contamination. Some transmissions, including a few models used by General Motors (GM), use an aluminum valve body. This soft metal is less tolerant of dirt and abrasives and GM recommends more frequent fluid changes to prolong the life of this auto part.

What is Routine Transmission Service

All vehicles require regular maintenance to ensure that all of their systems are properly operating. This includes things like changing the oil, providing your cooling system with fresh fluids and hoses, timing belt replacement and more. The transmission needs its own special service in order to work well, also. The service includes several steps that will ensure your transmission is healthy and operational. Here are the basics of what a transmission service includes.

Cleaning the transmission pan

Another important reason to have the transmission serviced is so that the transmission pan can be cleaned. All the contaminants that have been mentioned will eventually settle in the pan. Simply draining and refilling the fluid won’t completely remove these particles. When you clean the pan you can get what is left out of the system to ensure the transmission is completely clean and free of harm.

transmission filter

Some cars with automatic transmissions also rely on a filter to help catch excess fluid and to regulate pressure of the fluid. These filters are not present on all automatic transmission vehicles, but if your make and model has one, be sure to have these replaced regularly.

Transmission fluid flush

The main reason to have a transmission service completed is to complete an automatic transmission fluid flush. New fluid restores the holding power between clutches, reduces slip and helps to regulate temperature inside the transmission as new fluid can reduce heat production. Like an oil change, when you remove the old fluid from the transmission it takes away many tiny particles of metal shavings and other contaminants that have made their way inside, which clog the passages between the moving parts. If you do not remove these particles they will wear down on the transmission, eventually resulting in the need for extensive transmission repair.

Transmission filter replacement or cleaning

When the transmission flush is completed the filter that is supposed to remove the above mentioned contaminants will also be changed or cleaned, depending on what type of filter is in your vehicle. If this filter is not cleaned it will reduce the ability of the fluid to properly flow through the transmission. If transmission fluid can not properly flow it will result in poor shifting, which can be diagnosed by grinding noises, slipping gears and delayed shifting. Each of these problems could lead to a need for repair.

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Regularly scheduled maintenance is extremely important for the overall health of your car. Anytime your vehicle is experiencing difficulties, it could have an adverse effect on other systems in your engine.

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Most frequently asked questions about the Engine & Transmission Service by the customers and their answers.

What makes Certified Service technicians different?

From oil changes to engine replacements, these automotive experts, nationwide, are trained to care for your vehicle’s special needs, undergoing 1 million hours of instruction annually. They use the latest and most advanced diagnostic equipment available. 

Should I repair or replace my vehicle's engine
Deciding to repair or replace your engine heavily depends on what is wrong with it. Complex engine repair can sometimes cost more than the cost of replacing the engine, but other times it may only need a relatively simple fix. You’ll want to discuss your engine problems with a mechanic before making a definitive decision.
What is a remanufactured or rebuilt engine?
A engine classified as rebuilt or remanufactured means that it has been torn apart and parts have been machined and replaced in order to restore the engine to factory specifications. This usually happens to engines that were pulled from higher mileage vehicles or if they had suffered some sort of ailment. A rebuilt engine can generally be considered close to new condition when the service is performed by a professional.


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