Jan 24 2015

The Importance of Flushing Your Transmission

You may not realize it, but what makes your car run smoothly and efficiently is transmission fluid. Basically, a car’s transmission is an assembly of gears that transmit power from the engine to a driving axle. Fluids give life to a car just as our blood gives life to our bodies. transmission flush Periodically, these fluids need to be changed or cleansed so your car will run without a hitch. The way fluids are changed is through a general repair service called a full transmission flush. The general service is good for checking filters and replacing some of the fluids. But here are a few good reasons for an overall flush: All of the various fluids can be replaced at the same time. It helps to avoid “trapped” fluids that tend to stick and cling in the nooks and crannies by a pumping technique that forces them out of hiding. A full flush will help spot any existing problems your car may be having such as cracks or decayed seals. It’s a fantastic way of using preventative maintenance on your car. It usually eliminates the need to replace your filter due to the cleaning involved thus reducing expenses. It requires no disassembling, which also reduces the expenses of your time and money, both of which are budget-friendly. Another great benefit of a full transmission repair service flush is that it will allow the technician to replace every ounce of transmission fluid within your car. The flush will prevent the need for only draining the fluid, which is better in the long run because it avoids mixing the old, dirty fluid with the new. It gets rid of the many contaminants that build up in the fluids causing sticky gears. And, if you live in a hot climate, it’s even more important to have a transmission repair service flush regularly because heat will eventually break down your fluid’s effectiveness. A word of caution: Always check your manufacturer’s manual or ask a qualified service technician if your car should have a transmission repair service flush because there are circumstances where a flush could cause more problems if you got one. If your car has high mileage, and it has never had a flush, it’s probably safer not to get one. There could be so much sludge build up in your transmission and, once loosened, could actually cause more problems. Don’t go looking for trouble. A good rule of thumb is that if your car has low mileage, get a flush every 30,000 to 50,000 miles. If it is older, we recommend a flush every 15,000. Is it time for your vehicle to have a transmission flush? Probably so. Call Ralph’s Transmissions today and setup a quick flush before it turns into a larger problem – 941-921-3559.