What is a fluid flush and why do you need to get one done your vehicle?

The Fluid is the reason your transmission and other, under the hood, parts stay cool and lubricated. The job of the transmission is to transfer power from the engine to the wheels of the car. If you have an automatic vehicle the transmission will shift the car into different gear depending on the speed that you are driving. The one difference in a Manual vehicle is that you’re the one shifting the gears. In both cases transmission fluid is necessary to keep your car running smoothly and clean.

If your automatic doesn’t have enough fluid, or it is contaminated, the transmission will start to slip and will eventually fail. If this happens to a Manual car the transmission will make a grinding noise the internal parts will wear out a lot faster and then it will fail. So if you hear the grinding noise while shifting gears make sure to call us at Walkers Automotive.

Keep in mind:
An automatic transmission fluid service will replace the pan gasket, filter, and transmission fluid. Some vehicles do not have a serviceable transmission filter and some transmissions are designed to be “sealed for life,” meaning that they do not require any service or maintenance. Check your owner’s manual for information on whether you have a sealed system or not.

Unlike an automatic transmission, a manual transmission does not contain a filter, which means that as components wear, the transmission fluid picks up particles of metal and is unable to filter them. This is why it is very important to perform a transmission fluid service as per manufacturer recommendations.

How it’s done

1. Drain the transmission fluid

2. (Automatic only) Install new pan gasket and filter (if replaceable)

3. Add the proper type and quantity of oil/fluid for your transmission

4. Check for leaks

5. Test drive the vehicle

Our recommendation:
A conservative rule of thumb is that a car should get a transmission fluid service every 40,000 miles. If you notice any fluid underneath the car, get it inspected as soon as you can. Changing your transmission’s fluid regularly will greatly extend the service life of your vehicle’s transmission.

What are the common symptoms indicating you need to replace the transmission fluid?

  • Vehicle has a hard time running

  • Vehicle stalls when going up or down a steep incline

  • Check Engine Light is on

  • Transmission makes noise

How important is this service?
Transmission fluid services are an important part of regular maintenance and will increase the service life of your transmission. According to the Automatic Transmission Rebuilders Association, 90% of automatic transmission failures are caused by overheating and can be often blamed on transmission fluid that should have been replaced.