When to change your transmission fluid?

Transmission fluid is a vital element of keeping your car running, but most of us don’t think about it as often as we worry about oil changes, fluid top-offs, or gas fill-ups. If you haven’t had your transmission fluid checked in a while, you may not be replacing it as often as you should be, which could lead to issues down the road.

Ignoring your transmission fluid can cause it to leak, causing wear and tear on your gearbox’s gears and other components. You should be able to recognize when the transmission fluid needs to be changed, as well as understand what it does and why it is so important.

Signs That Your Car Needs a Transmission Flush

  • Shifting Gears Is Difficult

    If you accelerate and hear your motor crank but don’t feel your car accelerate, your gearbox is probably locked in gear. When you try to shift using a manual transmission, you will encounter some resistance. A lack of transmission fluid causes the inability to shift.

  • Strange Noises or Grinding in the Transmission

    Dirt, grease, and sludge in the transmission of a car can cause symptoms that are very similar to low transmission fluid levels. If you notice your transmission grinding or producing unusual noises while driving, pull over to the side of the road and check the transmission fluid level while the engine is still running. Make sure the transmission fluid is bright red and not brown or black due to sludge or filth. If the transmission fluid level is acceptable, your car most likely requires a transmission flush.

  • Fluid is leaking from your transmission

    Fluid leaks are an indication that your car needs to be serviced, but it can be difficult to tell the difference between transmission and other leaks. If you notice dark marks on your driveway or garage floor, place cardboard underneath your vehicle the next time you park.

    If the leaking fluid is bright red, dark red, or brown, it is most likely due to a transmission problem. It’s critical to get the leak fixed as soon as possible to avoid more expensive repairs.

  • The Vehicle Is Surging

Another symptom that your transmission needs to be flushed is if your automobile begins to surge or leap forward or backward for no apparent reason. An inconsistency frequently causes this in the flow of clean fluid, which is required to guarantee that the gears and other components of the transmission system operate smoothly. The filth and sludge that must be flushed out are causing irregular flow.

  • Shaking or grinding

    A grinding or shaking that occurs as the gears change is frequently a solid indication that your transmission has a problem, and it’s more common in cars with automatic transmissions.

  • Delay in moving your car or truck after shifting gears

    Dirty transmission fluid can occasionally create a delay in moving your car or truck after shifting gears, which is also related to fluid flow disruption. This delay could be a few seconds or several minutes, and longer delays suggest that your transmission oil is more contaminated.

Having your transmission fluid tested and replaced on a regular basis is an important component of maintaining the health of your car. So, if you see any of the above signs, talk to Triangle Tire and Brake professionals now.

Transmission Problems, in Durham, can be fixed at Cottman Transmission.

Transmission problems occur with every car or truck eventually, especially with the wear and tear experienced in Durham traffic.  If you experience any one of these problems, bring your vehicle to Cottman Transmission so one of our professionals can look it over.  We would rather catch a problem early before it becomes a severe issue.

Cottman Transmission is the transmission repair provider Durham Residents, and Business Owners have come to trust! Call us today!  (919) 471-2506