A standard transmission maintenance is very similar to an oil change. First, the transmission pan is removed and the old transmission fluid is drained. Then, the transmission filter is changed out and the transmission pan gasket (the seal between the pan and the main transmission housing) is replaced. The good news is a transmission service isn't required nearly as often as an oil change. It may only be needed every 30,000-60,000 miles, depending on the age, model and total mileage of the vehicle—along with a few other factors.
Dealing with standard transmission maintenance when needed will provide many key long-term benefits for you as the vehicle owner and driver. Here are the main reasons why you should keep up with maintaining your transmission:
1. Problem Prevention
Regular transmission inspections and routine maintenance are done as preventative measures. They can help you avoid the risk of major transmission problems and breakdowns. Ultimately, the time and costs of keeping up with maintenance will be worth it compared to how much it will cost to replace or rebuild your transmission if it develops major internal damage and fails.
2. Vehicle Health
Maintenance is done for reason. It helps keep all the internal components of a transmission healthier. The engine provides power to the vehicle, but the transmission is what makes it move down the street. Routine transmission maintenance can have a positive impact on your entire powertrain and drivetrain systems. Keeping your transmission running smoothly will put less stress on the engine, differentials, axles, wheels, transfer case (if you have 4-wheel-drive) and other systems.
3. Better Performance
A well-maintained transmission should run better and that makes for improved overall vehicle performance. Your car or truck should shift smoother between gears and accelerate/decelerate properly. In fact, if you notice the vehicle feeling a little sluggish or not shifting smoothly, you should get it checked out as soon as possible. It's always best to catch a potential transmission problem early rather than waiting for it to break down completely.
If you think you might have a transmission issue or you are simply due for your next maintenance service, call Fox Run Auto at (302) 597-9205 or schedule an appointment online.