3 Things You Need to Know About Transmission Fluid
Transmission fluid is designed to do three things:
1) It creates hydraulic pressure so the transmission can do what it is supposed to do, allow the car to go forward in a number of different gear ratios, as well as reverse.
2) Absorb and dissipate heat that develops under routine driving conditions, heat causes friction and wear and tear on many mechanical and electronic parts. The fluid carried the heat to the transmission cooler so that the fluid can be cooled.
3) It lubricates the mechanical parts to ensure proper performance and increase the life of the transmission.
When transmission fluid becomes dark and discolored, it usually indicates that the fluid is burned, and can no longer dissipate the heat the way the manufacturer intended. As transmission fluid ages, contaminates such as clutch material and metal debris build up and viscosity breaks down, leaving your vehicle’s transmission vulnerable to failure and expensive repairs- even from daily wear and tear. Tired transmission fluid can also create poor performance, performance decreases that are typically so minute, from day to day, that are not felt by you until there is a real drivability complaint or breakdown.
How can you prevent transmission damage due to discolored transmission fluid?
Have an automatic transmission service performed on your vehicle. This service will remove the sludge and varnish build up in your vehicle’s transmission. This build up could clog the passageways and valves in your transmission system, causing significant damage. Typically, a cleaner is installed to remove the old deteriorated transmission fluid and fresh transmission is then installed along with an automatic transmission treatment which increases the transmission’s ability to prevent sludge and varnish from building up in the future.
The transmission is the second largest component in your vehicle and the second most expensive (next to the engine) to replace. With regular maintenance, your car’s transmission can operate at its maximum potential for years to come.