There are two major types of transmissions in most vehicles: automatic and manual. Several other types of have also been coming to market in recent years. The dual-clutch transmission functions on principles similar to that of the manual transmission, but with computer control, bridging the gap between manual and automatic. The continuously variable transmission (CVT) does away with individual gears altogether, ramping up its power transmission ratio according to a set of rules. And electric cars often don’t have a transmission at all, strictly speaking, having just a single fixed ratio to transmit power to the wheels. A vehicle’s transmission is one of its most important parts; without it, the engine could never reach the wheels and the car would be worthless. Proper maintenance on your transmission is crucial to your car’s optimal running condition. Without it, your car may fail to accelerate or leak fluid. A transmission service is part of your routine maintenance, just like replacing your engine oil. A complete transmission service should include:
- removing and examining the sump or pan (where possible)
- replacing or cleaning the screen or filter
- cleaning the pan
- reinstalling the pan with a new pan gasket
- pumping out the rest of the old fluid and replacing it with new, high quality ATF
- adding a friction modifier or additive package (model specific)
New fluid restores the holding power between the clutches, reducing slip and heat production. At the same time, flushing the old fluid washes away tiny particles of clutch material and metal shavings. Those particles clog passages and wedge between moving parts, causing wear throughout the transmission. Changing the fluid eliminates those particles and the wear they cause. The net result of changing the fluid is to provide better lubrication, improved the holding ability of the friction components, and reduced heat. So your transmission works better for years longer, which means you’re less likely to face a major transmission repair. Transmission replacements are extremely expensive, so proper maintenance is key to avoiding unnecessary repairs and replacement. The transmission fluid/lubricant needs to be replaced periodically in a manual but not as frequently in an automatic. Some cars use special transmission fluids that do not need to be replaced at any time.
Dobbs Tire & Auto Centers is your best choice for proper maintenance of your vehicle’s transmission. From complete fluid exchange service to full replacement, the staff of experienced ASE-certified service technicians is courteous and professional and committed to providing you with same day service, using only the highest quality products, at the most competitive price in town. Best of all, as a locally owned and family owned company since 1976, at Dobbs Tire & Auto Centers, you have the assurance of knowing that the Dobbs Associates will get the job done right the first time — and stand by their work.