Your car uses many different fluids to keep it running properly. One vital fluid is transmission fluid. It serves as a lubricant for the gears and all the moving parts inside of a transmission. It is an anti-wear liquid that will lengthen the life of the transmission and prevent costly transmission wear. Sometimes fluid loses its proper lubrication properties over time and may need to be replaced.
Under certain circumstances an automatic, or self-shifting, transmission my need to be flushed out. An automatic transmission flush in Alexandria, VA is a maintenance procedure that flushes the current transmission fluid out and new fluid is run through it using a particular machine. The process is used to remove and sludge and debris. It replaces all of the used fluid with clean, fresh fluid.
What is a Transmission Flushing Machine?
A flushing machine is a special machine that uses hoses that connect through the transmission cooling lines. It drains old fluid and holds it within the machine as it fills the transmission with new fluid.
Unlike a transmission fluid drain, a transmission flush ensures that all the fluid in the pan, the cooler lines and the torque converter is completely pushed out and removed.
A difference between a flush and a drain with replace procedure is that during a flush a cleaning additive may be used to help remove contaminants. That will help give the transmission a clean start before new fluid is added.
Transmission problems to watch for
Your car may tell you when the transmission is failing or that your transmission fluid is bad and needs to be changed. When your vehicle suffers from any of these symptoms, you should have your vehicle inspected by a knowledgeable Wiygul Automotive service team member. It’s important to regularly maintain your vehicle to keep it running as well as it should.
Red flags that your car may be in need of a transmission inspection or to see if an automatic transmission flush in Alexandria, VA by Wiygul Automotive is necessary
- A hesitation, delayed engagement when shifting into drive or reverse
- Falling out of gear while driving
- Shifting gears for no apparent reason Jerking when shifting gears
- You hear a grating sound when shifting gears
- You notice your transmission is abnormally loud
- You smell a strong burning odor
- You have leaking transmission fluid
The make, model and age of your car and transmission is also a factor when making decisions about transmission maintenance. Not every vehicle will need a transmission flush or fluid replacement. Knowing if you need an automatic transmission flush in Alexandria, VA can best be determined by an automotive specialist. We are here to help you keep your vehicle in gear.