Does My Car Need a Transmission Flush?
September 18th, 2015
Updated March 16th, 2017
Fairfax, Virginia - Flushing or changing your car's transmission fluid prevents damage and can save you from a costly transmission or major engine repair in the future.
Opinions differ on how often you should flush your transmission - but most manufacturers recommend the procedure be performed at 100,000 or more miles for automatic transmissions.
The best advice is to consult your car owner's manual for the recommended mileage for a transmission fluid flush or change. Some manufacturers recommend transmission flushes at 100,000 miles, others, including Ford, suggest it at 150,000 miles. Hence, it depends on the vehicle you are driving.
So, Why Do I Need a Transmission Flush?
Transmission fluid naturally becomes contaminated over time. The fluid lubricates the moving parts of the transmission. It facilitates shifting and keeps the transmission cool. Over time specks of metal shaved from the transmission's moving parts contaminate the fluid, reducing its ability to lubricate and ultimately shortening the life of the transmission. In automatic transmissions, heat also degrades the fluid. Fluid deterioration is hastened by driving situations with a lot of stopping and starting, the hauling of heavy large loads or the towing of a trailer.
Transmission fluid comes in many colors, but most often it is red. A tell-tale sign your transmission fluid is contaminated is when the fluid is much darker than when it was new. Your nose may even be able to tell it’s time for a transmission flush - the fluid will smell burnt and in this case it’s time to quickly get over to an auto repair Northern Virginia shop with ASE Certified Technicians to assist. These changes are signs your fluid may need to be changed or – it could be worse so don’t procrastinate.
Once you determine the transmission fluid is ready to be changed, the Auto Technician may offer you a choice of a change or a flush. With a fluid change, the mechanic removes the transmission pan, drains the fluid and refills with new fluid. For a flush, your Auto Technician removes the transmission pan and uses a special machine (BG FLush) to flush out the old fluid, before replacing it with new. Whichever method you choose make sure your Auto Technician also changes the filter.
There are some considerations when deciding whether to have your transmission fluid changed or flushed. A flush may cost a little more, but ASE Certified Technicians recommend it’s is the best way to remove all the old fluid from the transmission's many parts including the torque converter, the transmission coolers and the cooler lines.
Beware that some manufacturers recommend never flushing the transmissions of their vehicles. Again, drivers should consult their owner's manual before choosing between a flush or a change.
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*Always check your owner’s manual for your vehicle model’s specific instructions before attempting any type of repair.
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