Transmission fluid is one of the many vital fluids your car needs to perform as it should. Transmission fluid covers the gears in the transmission to reduce friction and keep the gears moving properly. It is an anti-wear liquid that will lengthen the life of the transmission and prevent costly transmission wear.
Sometimes the fluid loses its proper lubrication properties over time and may need to be replaced. Under certain circumstances a transmission may need to be flushed out. An automatic transmission flush in Herndon, 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 any debris and sludge. It replaces all of the degraded transmission fluid with clean, fresh fluid.
Transmission problems to watch for
Symptoms that your car may be in need of a transmission inspection or an automatic transmission flush in Herndon, VA by Wiygul Automotive:
- A hesitant or delayed engagement when shifting into drive or reverse
- You have leaking transmission fluid
- You smell a strong burning odor
- Falling out of gear while driving
- You notice your transmission is abnormally loud
- Shifting gears for no apparent reason
- Jerking when shifting gears
- You hear a grating sound when shifting gears
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. If you wait too long to replace your transmission fluid, you'll possibly encounter problems such as transmission failure.
There Are Differences between a Transmission Flush and a Transmission Drain with Fluid Replacement
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. Another difference between a flush and a drain 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.
Factors to Consider When Deciding the Right Time to Change Your Transmission Fluid
The make, model and age of your car and transmission is a factor when making decisions about your transmission maintenance. Not every vehicle will need a transmission flush or fluid replacement at the same time. The mileage on your car can determine the right time to have your transmission fluid changed. Different manufacturers have different recommendations for when to change the transmission fluid in their cars. The most common recommendation is to have a change after 100,000 miles.
Knowing if you need an automatic transmission flush in Herndon, VA can best be determined by our experienced technicians.