• 5 Signs That You Need a Transmission Flush

    5 Signs You Need a Transmission Flush

    A lot of people don't realize that transmission flushes are even a thing, let alone how important they are. Here is 5 signs to show if you are in need of a transmission flush.

    1. Strange noises or even grinding coming from the transmission.
    2. You experience problems shifting gears.
    3. You experience some slippage when shifting gears.
    Unexplained surging of you vehicle.
    Delay in movement after placing the vehicle in gear.

    The general recommendation for most vehicles is to flush your transmission every 2 years or 30,000 miles. In most cases, getting a transmission flush every 30,000 miles, or every two years or so is sufficient. However, there may be times when you need to get a transmission flush sooner, in order to help protect your car's transmission. Some vehicles also require more frequent transmission service because of manufacturing defects or errors, so it is important to maintain your transmission. Below we explain what these 5 things about mean and why it is important to do a flush to maintain your transmission before problems start happening.

    Transmission Grinding or Strange Noises

    A vehicle transmission that is contaminated with dirt, grease and sludge can display symptoms very similar to inadequate levels of transmission fluid. When driving your vehicle, if you notice your transmission grinding or making strange sounds, you should stop the vehicle and check the transmission fluid level while the engine is still running. Insure that the transmission fluid color is bright red and not brown or black because of grime or sludge. If the fluid level of the transmission is acceptable, your vehicle probably needs a transmission flush.

    Problems Shifting Gears

    Regardless if you drive an automatic or manual, your car requires clean transmission fluid that flows easily throughout your car's transmission. A transmission that contains too much dirt or sludge will cause sluggish response in the transmission which will result in your vehicle changing gears too quickly or too late while driving. In manual transmission vehicles, you may find it very hard to change gears at all.

    Slipping Gears

    A dirty transmission may cause a lack of hydraulic power, much the same as not having enough transmission fluid will cause. In order to stay in the appropriate gear, the transmission must develop enough pressure. When a transmission is too dirty, contaminants may interfere with the flow of transmission fluid that helps with this. If you're transmission has no other problems, and the fluid level of the transmission is full (or close to it), the problem is probably restricted fluid flow due to a buildup of dirt and contaminants that need to be flushed out.

    Surging of the Vehicle

    When your vehicle's transmission is polluted with a lot of dirt and contaminants, and needs a transmission flush, you may notice unexplainable surging of your vehicle. Because your car's dirty transmission does not allow for adequate transmission fluid flow, your vehicle may tend to jump or surge forward and fall backwards for no good reason. This is caused by inconsistent flow of clean transmission fluid that is needed to ensure smooth operation of the gears and other moving parts inside the transmission bell housing.

    Delay in Vehicle Movement

    Another sign that your vehicle may have contaminated transmission fluid is when the vehicle stalls for one or two seconds before moving after having been put in gear. This is a bad sign and sometimes slipping is the sign of much worse problems. Typically by the time your transmission is slipping bigger issues could be happening. If there are no other problems with the transmission, a transmission flush may help though.

    You should be aware that if the vehicle is displaying these symptoms, in some cases your dirty transmission may have already caused bigger problems and may be in need of more than just a flush. Transmissions require regular maintenance just like every other system in your car, but since transmissions are out of sight, people tend to forget to maintain them. For most people the transmission is a given and it should require no maintenance, but this just isn't true.. Without regular maintenance of your transmission you could be looking at quite a lot more cost then just a transmission flush.

    We do transmission service on many makes & models. We work on cars, trucks, and SUV's for transmission service. Give us a call to schedule a transmission service for your vehicle today. We have customers from Freeport, Maine, Sanford, Brunswick, Maine, Bath, Maine, all the way down to Ogunquit, Maine and even in Hampton, New Hampshire and beyond. If you need local transmission repair service, give us a call. If you are having transmission problems and live in Maine, New Hampshire or beyond get in touch with us. We are conveniently located in Limerick, Maine.