Next to your engine, there is nothing more important than the transmission system. The engine provides power to the vehicle, but the transmission is what actually makes it move. Like the engine, your transmission also needs periodic maintenance to stay healthy. The good news is transmission service isn't required as often as oil changes. Still, it is something that must be done when the time comes.
How Often Should I Have My Transmission Serviced?
This will vary somewhat from vehicle to vehicle and driver to driver. The general rule of thumb is somewhere between every 30,000 and 60,000 miles. Some older vehicles or those that are driven harder than average (up steep hills, carrying/towing heavy loads, etc.) may require transmission service more often. Other cars that aren't pushed too hard may be able to go a little longer in between transmission maintenance.
At the very least, you will want to have your transmission fluid checked with every service visit. The level, thickness and coloration of the transmission fluid in the pan are generally good indicators of transmission health. You can also check for fluid leaks or notice when your transmission isn't shifting smoothly. These are also signs that you may be overdue for a transmission service or have other more significant transmission problems. When it is time for a recommended transmission service, do not wait to take care of the maintenance. Get your vehicle serviced before it develops into something much worse.
Here are the best reasons to get your transmission serviced as recommended:
1. Transmission Health
Of course, routine transmission maintenance helps keep your transmission and its sensitive internal components healthier. Transmission problems and internal damage can be difficult to repair. Being proactive with maintenance will help prevent these issues from getting worse.
2. Long-Term Cost Savings
A standard transmission service involves draining the transmission pan and replacing the transmission fluid. The transmission pan gasket and transmission filter are also replaced. The purpose is to keep fresh, clean fluid running through the transmission system and providing vital lubricating and cooling properties. When you ignore service, internal damage can occur. A transmission maintenance service will cost you some money now, but it could save you thousands down the road. Repairing, replacing or rebuilding your transmission can be very expensive!
3. Protecting Other Vehicle Systems
The transmission is a central system in your vehicle. Transmission problems can affect other systems and components including the drivetrain (axles, wheels, differentials, etc.), the engine, cooling system, exhaust system and more. You should be taking care of the necessary maintenance for all automotive systems to keep your car running right for many years to come.
4. Peace of Mind
Preventative maintenance is just that. It is done to prevent major automotive problems from developing. Bigger problems can cause headaches and cost you a lot of money. Take care of the maintenance now to avoid bigger issues in the future.
If you think you have transmission problems or are simply due for a standard transmission service, call Fox Run Auto today at (302) 597-9205 or schedule your service appointment online.