Since we talked about rebuilt transmissions, let’s go back and talk about the need for a transmission flush. No, we are not trying to sell you on the service, even though you could need it without realizing that you have to take the car into the shop. When do you need to get a transmission flush? Well, you should get one every two years or 30,000 miles, whichever comes first. But there are times when you have to get a flush done sooner to protect the car as a whole.
Here are some of the warning signs that it might be time to get that flush booked soon.
1. Rough, Loud Noises
Grinding? Sharp noises? When things sound really bad, it’s time to start checking the transmission fluid and also the color of the fluid. It should be bright red rather than black because of dirt build up. If the fluid level is at the right level, then you really need to get the transmission flushed. If you leave it alone too long, serious problems can occur.
2. Hard Time Changing Gears
If you enjoy driving long distances, but find that you’re having trouble shifting gears, you could have transmission problems. Too much dirt is the primary reason why transmissions break down, but that doesn’t mean that you have to just deal with it. Flushing the system will bring things back in order fairly quickly.
3. Gears That Slip Out of Place
Is the transmission slipping? If the problem is low fluid that never seems to increase even when you add fluid, it could be because the fluid is being blocked by the sludge. Don’t let it get you down, of course: try that flush. It could solve the problem and let you get back on the road. Continue reading “These 5 Warnings May Indicate You Need a Transmission Flush”