Fluid and filters are two essential transmission components, which require regular checking and maintenance. Here’s what you need to know about both, so you can keep your vehicle’s transmission in top shape.
Check Fluid Levels At Least Twice Yearly
It’s essential that you check your transmission fluid at least every six months to make sure it’s topped off. The dangers of low fluid levels include the likelihood of poor shifting and, if uncorrected, expensive auto repairs once the transmission is damaged. If you find yourself having to regularly refill your transmission fluid, the problem could be a leak.
How To Tell If Your Transmission Is Leaking
Although checking your transmission for leaks may sound like a daunting task, it’s really not that hard. Transmissions are closed systems; the potential sources of leaks are relatively few. And being that almost all transmission fluids are red in color, it’s pretty easy to spot a leak. Look around the base of the filler tube, check the drain hole beneath the tranny and inspect the selector shaft. That’s the long metal rod that joins the gear shift to the transmission.
You’ll also want to look at the speed sensor mounting point and the radiator. Transmission fluid can seep into your radiator fluid if your car is equipped with a transmission cooler.
If all of this still sounds too complicated, just bring your car to your certified auto repair professional for their expert assessment.
Make Sure Your Transmission Filter Is Clear
Your transmission isn’t going to perform optimally if it’s got a filthy filter. There are numerous problems that can affect filters, hampering their performance. Improperly fitted filters can also leak. But your transmission filter’s main job is to keep dirt and other damaging particles out of the transmission fluid. Most auto repair experts recommend changing your transmission filter every two years or after 30,000 miles, whichever comes first. Your auto repair professional can perform a transmission filter change quickly and inexpensively.