How to Maintain Your Transmission

Your transmission is one of your vehicle's most important components. The engine provides power, but the transmission is essentially what makes the car move. The transmission is comprised of several key parts including the housing, transmission fluid, transmission pan, transmission filter, clutch and gears that work in unison to control the power that is ultimately transferred to the wheels. Automatic transmissions will also feature torque converters, planetary gears and other specialized parts that do the shifting for the driver. 

Needless to say, your transmission is a very complex unit that will require specialized auto repair services if problems are occurring. Your transmission also needs routine maintenance just like most other parts of your car or truck.

What Transmission Maintenance is Recommended?

Just like your engine oil and filter need to be changed periodically, so do your transmission fluid and transmission filter. Having the system properly lubricated is vital because there are so many moving parts that make the transmission run well. If you don't get your transmission serviced when it's due, it could lead to much bigger—and more expensive—problems. What's good about standard transmission service is that it is not required nearly as often as regular oil changes. Most manufactures will recommend transmission service every 30,000-60,000 miles, so check your owner's manual or consult with an expert.

The frequency of your transmission services may also depend on your driving conditions and habits, as well as the overall health of the transmission. If you drive harder than the average person or the vehicle is old, it may need to be serviced more often. Most transmissions do have a shelf life, so you can expect to have it replaced or rebuilt at some point if you own a vehicle with a ton of miles on it.

Self Maintenance

Most transmission issues should be inspected and repaired by professionals. However, there is some quick maintenance you can do yourself. You can check the quality and level of your transmission fluid just like you can your engine oil. There is a separate dipstick in your engine compartment just for the transmission fluid. Most transmission fluid is bright red in color. If it appears dark/burnt or the fluid level is low, it could be a sign of bigger transmission problems that you will want to get checked out as soon as possible.

Fox Run Auto - Your Northern Delaware Transmission Experts

You can have all your standard transmission services performed at Fox Run Auto in Bear, DE. We'll keep you on schedule with all your preventative maintenance needs, so your vehicle will keep running at its best for a long time. Our standard transmission service includes replacing the transmission filter and transmission fluid. We'll also perform an external inspection of the transmission pan, pan gasket and other components to make sure there aren't any serious problems that might require a deeper internal inspection.

Beyond just the routine transmission maintenance, the team at Fox Run Auto can handle your transmission repairs and replacements with Jasper quality rebuilt transmissions. If your transmission has issues, we'll get to the root of the problem and give you a fair, accurate estimate of the work that needs to be done. We'll get it fixed properly, so you can get back on the road as quickly as possible. Most transmission repairs performed at Fox Run Auto are backed by the NAPA AutoCare Peace of Mind Warranty, which is good for up to 24 months or 24,000 miles and honored at all NAPA AutoCare Centers nationwide.

When it comes to your transmission service and repair needs, count on Fox Run Auto. Call our auto shop today at (302) 597-9205 or schedule your service appointment online.


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