Why you should Flush out your Transmission Fluid

Your transmission’s vital parts get clogged with sludge and varnish deposits because, just like engine oil in your car’s engine, automatic transmission fluid suffers from heat, friction, and electrochemical degradation. In fact, nearly nine out of ten transmission failures are due to overheating and fluid contamination.*

However, unlike oil, which can be completely drained from your car’s engine, most transmission fluid cannot be drained. Instead, it stays in the torque converter, valve body, and transmission lines, making a complete fluid drain impossible. Typical transmission service removes only 25% of the contaminated transmission fluid. Adding new fluid to the remaining contaminated fluid can actually cause sludge and varnish deposits to clog filters and further restrict fluid flow. This can result in a serious malfunction or even complete failure of your automatic transmission.

Now you have an option. Our transmission fluid exchange safely removes most, if not all, contaminated fluid as well as varnish and sludge deposits. Our transmission fluid exchange cleans the transmission cooler and lines, valve body, and torque converter and also removes those wear metals that slowly grind away your transmissions’ internal components. Our transmission fluid exchange thoroughly cleans your car’s transmission and protects it with fresh fluid and conditioners that revitalize the seals and o-rings. If your vehicle’s transmission is showing signs of contaminated fluid, slippage, rough or hard shifting, try this service. If its been more then 30,000 miles it’s time for a transmission fluid exchange. It may help you avoid the cost of major transmission work or even prevent the need for a new transmission.

Let one of our certified technicians perform this service for you.

*According to the Automatic Transmission Rebuilders Association

Our transmission fluid exchange thoroughly cleans your car’s transmission and protects it with fresh fluid and conditioners that revitalize the seals and o-rings.

Did You Know?

Early automatic transmissions had just two speeds. Now modern automatic transmissions have up to eight speeds. These sophisticated transmissions often match the fuel economy and performance of a manual transmission. Some require special transmission fluid formulas. We’ll make sure you get the right type for your vehicle. At Willoughby Hills Auto Repair in Willoughby Hills, we install quality NAPA replacement parts. Give us a call and let us help keep you safely and economically on the road.

Transmission Repair

Willoughby Hills Auto Repair Tech Question On Your Transmission

Willoughby Hills Auto Repair Tech Question:
My name is Suzanne. We were taking a camping trip at our favorite Ohio state park over a three day weekend. About halfway to our campsite, the transmission went out on our car. It took all weekend to get towed out and get back home.

What can I do to prevent transmission problems in the future?

Willoughby Hills Auto Repair Answer:
Transmission repairs can be expensive at Willoughby Hills auto service centers. On top of that poor Suzanne was in the Ohio backcountry. Her vacation weekend turned into three days of car repairs.

Look, car and truck transmissions are tough and durable. All you have to do to maintain them is replace the fluid on schedule. The fluid gets contaminated with bits of clutch plates and metal. Dirty transmission fluid under pressure acts like liquid sandpaper, eating away at important gaskets and seals. Then your transmission doesn’t shift as well. It can start to leak and overheat. And then you could end up like Suzanne.

Another thing: if you carry heavy loads or tow a trailer on Willoughby Hills highways, your transmission is working much harder and running hotter than under normal conditions. Your transmission fluid may need to be changed sooner. Check your car’s owner’s manual for your severe service schedule or talk with your caring Willoughby Hills Auto Repair mechanic about when you should have your transmission serviced.

Willoughby Hills car owners who do a lot of towing may want to consider adding an external transmission cooler to reduce transmission operating temperatures and extend its life.

Transmission Service

My friend just had a very pricey transmission repair in Northeast Ohio. How can Willoughby drivers like myself avoid transmission trouble?

Willoughby Hills Auto Repair Answer:
Next to your engine, your transmission is the most expensive component in your vehicle – so you and your fellow Willoughby Hills car owners want to do all you can to avoid pricey transmission repairs.

Willoughby Hills drivers may have noticed a trend of engines becoming more and more powerful in recent years. At the same time, fuel economy has been improving in nearly every motor vehicle segment in OH. More power and better gas mileage have always been at odds. Some of the improvement in fuel efficiency has been due to engine design, but most of the increases in fuel efficiency can be credited to automobile manufacturers’ advances in transmission technology.

Every engine has a sweet spot in which it most efficiently makes power. This is often referred to by Willoughby Hills technicians as the power band – the optimal engine speed (measured in revolutions per minute, or RPM). The computers that control what gear your automatic transmission is in try to keep it in the right gear in order to maintain optimal engine speed – whatever your Willoughby Hills driving conditions may be. Modern automatic transmissions have anywhere between four and ten speeds. The more “speeds” your transmission has, the more time your engine can operate at peak efficiency. Needless to say, transmissions have become more sophisticated and costly.

Transmissions are cooled and lubricated by transmission fluid. This pressurized fluid is directed through small passages to effect gear changes. When transmission fluid gets old and contaminated, the small passages can become plugged which adversely affects shifts. The dirty fluid circulating in the transmission can eat away at essential gaskets and seals causing detrimental internal leaks that also hurt shifting. This is why some car makers recommend that transmissions be serviced from time to time. The interval varies by vehicle, so check your owner’s manual or with your caring Willoughby Hills Auto Repair service professional about your transmission service recommendations.

Old, detrimental contaminated fluid is removed and new fluid is installed. Keeping up with the auto manufacturer’s recommended service schedule helps prevent harmful internal damage that may result in a costly transmission rebuild. Let Willoughby Hills Auto Repair help you extend the life of your sedan and prevent expensive repairs with recommended preventive maintenance service.

Let’s talk about your transmission

Transmissions are heavy duty pieces of equipment that are designed to last a long time for most Willoughby Ohio drivers. But like any other machine, they’ll eventually wear out and need repair. So let’s focus on what you can do to push that day off as far as possible.

The first thing you can do is to make sure your transmission always has enough fluid. Transmission fluid cools and lubricates the transmission. When there’s not enough fluid, the transmission will run hotter and wear out sooner.

The transmission fluid also provides the pressure needed to transfer power from the engine to the transmission. Not enough fluid and your transmission won’t shift properly.

Your Willoughby OH service center will check your transmission fluid level with a full-service oil change and top it off if needed. If you see any transmission fluid on the driveway – it’s a reddish color – have us inspect it for a leak. A gasket, hose, or seal could be leaking and may need to be repaired.

The next thing you can do to prolong the life of your Northeast Ohio transmission is to replace your transmission fluid on schedule. As you can imagine, all those gears grinding on each other result in lots of little bits of metal in the fluid. The more there is, the faster the transmission parts will wear out.

Transmission fluid also contains detergents and other additives to protect your transmission. These additives are depleted over time, so old fluid doesn’t protect as well as new fluid. Your owner’s manual or Willoughby Hills Auto Repair service advisor will have a recommendation for when you should have a transmission service.

If your transmission isn’t shifting as smoothly as it should, or if you suspect a transmission leak, let Willoughby Hills Auto Repair take a look at it. And ask if it’s time for a transmission service. Regular maintenance and taking care of small leaks right away will help your transmission last as long as possible.

What You Need To Know About Transmission Service

Automatic transmissions have gotten more sophisticated in recent years for Northeast Ohio car owners. Take the number of gears for starters: The base is four speeds, five is very common. Many manufacturers are using six speeds and several have seven or even eight speeds. As you can imagine, this means more parts in your car’s transmission.

Today’s transmissions are computer controlled. Some high end transmissions have two or three computers. Our experienced technicians at Willoughby Hills Auto Repair in Willoughby Hills Ohio receive ongoing training on transmission service and repair.

Willoughby Hills, Mentor, Kirtland, Waite Hill, Wickliffe, Mayfield, Euclid, Highland Heights, Gates Mills, Chardon, and South Euclid car owners trust that transmissions are engineered to last. But all Northeast Ohio motorists need to understand that they are also engineered to tighter tolerances. If a portion of the transmission is starved for lubrication, it can lead to failure.

This can happen with not enough fluid. And, if the transmission fluid gets dirty or sludgy, small passages in the transmission can get clogged, then the lubricant is blocked and can’t get to all the parts to protect them, so they wear out prematurely.

Most newer vehicles in Willoughby Hills, Mayfield, and Wickliffe require special transmission fluids – at Willoughby Hills Auto Repair we can make sure you get the type your manufacturer recommends.

As you can imagine, repairing one of these new transmissions can be quite costly at most Cleveland auto repair shops. That’s why manufacturers have a schedule for how often Willoughby Hills drivers should change the fluid and what type of fluid to use.

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