What is a Transmission service?

The transmission is one of the most important components of a vehicle. In simple terms; it’s what moves the power from the engine to the wheels. Like any other part of your vehicle, it requires regular maintenance in order to keep it working & running smoothly.

What does a Routine Transmission Service Include?

A transmission service will differ slightly according to the type of vehicle & transmission. The main transmissions are manual, automatic, Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) or Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT). The main purpose of a transmission service is to flush out the old transmission fluid & replace it with new fluid, as well as new filters.

A complete transmission service includes:

  • Draining the transmission fluid.
  • Removing and inspecting the transmission pan.
  • Replacing the transmission filter.
  • For a CVT, removing & replacing in-line filter (cartridge filter).
  • Reinstalling the transmission pan with a new gasket.
  • Adding new transmission fluid.

Why should I get a Transmission service?

Without a working transmission, your vehicle will not run. Over time, transmission fluid loses its frictional properties & will fail to lubricate correctly or disperse heat properly. Sludge & abrasive contaminants build up in the transmission fluid due to oxidisation -extreme heat breaking down the fluid. The fluid can become dirty, gritty & thick/ sludge like. These contaminants circulate throughout the transmission, getting lodged in narrow sections inside the valve body, before finally being captured in the filter. This contaminated fluid can lead to corrosion of clutches, gears & bearings, & if left too long can lead to transmission failure- an expensive repair. Additionally, new fluid can help enhance your vehicle’s fuel economy, allow the transmission to run cooler, protect the wear & tear of major components, prevent internal components from clogging, & reduce the risk of leaks.

Signs your vehicle’s transmission needs attention:

  • Transmission Overheating.
  • A warning light on the dashboard. This usually indicates the transmission fluid is low &/ or the fluid is hotter than normal.
  • Transmission shifting hard, ‘hesitating’ or ‘jerking’
  • A burning smell.
  • Fluid leak (A red, sweet-smelling fluid underneath your vehicle).
  • ‘Slipping’ gears (Engine revving during a gear change).
  • Trouble switching gears – this likely signals that the transmission fluid is low.
  • Noises when in neutral.
  • Unresponsive; especially from Park to Drive.
  • Delay in acceleration.
  • Dragging Clutch when you shift gears, causing the car to move.
  • Grinding or shaking when changing gears.
  • Unusual sounds- usually a ‘whining’, ‘humming’ or ‘clunking’ noise.

How often should I have my transmission serviced?

To help prolong the life of your transmission, we recommend having it serviced approximately every 50,000km-100,000km or 1-2 years, (depending on vehicle) although this should be more of a guide. However, you should also take into consideration driving conditions, how the vehicle is driven, the higher heat caused from using your vehicle for towing or driving in heavy stop/start traffic, as well as the vehicle’s overall performance & age, to determine if a service is required earlier. Ask your mechanic if you have any questions regarding what is best for your vehicle.

Many modern vehicles will state that they do not require a service ‘for life’. However, it is important to be aware that things can inevitably fail & there will always be wear & tear on vehicle components.

Regular maintenance can discover potential problems & issues before they turn into more serious & expensive repairs.

Service you can trust

At Burleigh’s Mobile Mechanic we service all makes and models. Our trusted & qualified technicians follow manufacturer guidelines & specifications, use quality parts, only the best oils and lubricants & our log book services wont void your new car warranty. If your vehicle is due for a service or you have any concerns about your transmission; contact one of our friendly staff today on 0412 161 776.

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