When Does My Transmission Need Service?
The transmission in your vehicle is a complex set of gears, sprockets, and other moving parts. It takes a whole lot of strain and sometimes abuse. We usually never think about it.
Remember when we were kids and would “grind the gears”? Someone would always say, “Grind me another pound of hamburger!” With a chorus of laughter, we’d go again, especially if it was our parent’s car.
But seriously folks, when does your transmission need service? Obviously, it’s too late when there are problems. So, consider servicing your transmission before it quits working.
Servicing Your Transmission
The story about my transmission transgressions aside, servicing your transmission is important for your vehicle health. A vehicle can sometimes run years without service. But, what a risk to take! A transmission breakdown will always occur when you least expect it or in the worst location possible.
I’m sure you’ve seen cars being towed with no evident damage. Dollars to donuts, the transmission should have been serviced.
What the Experts Say
We spoke with the experts in vehicle repair and maintenance in Burkburnett, Texas about transmission service. The good folks at Light Truck and Auto had this to say:
- Routine vehicle service doesn’t include maintaining your transmission. You’ll be asked whether or not you want your transmission serviced. Then you’ll be billed for it.
- The need for transmission service depends upon the make, model, and year of your vehicle, as well as the distance and conditions in which you drive it. If you drive in dusty conditions, off-roading, or use your vehicle for towing, you should schedule more frequent transmission service.
- The operating temperature of your transmission is also an important factor. Automatic transmission fluid operating at 212 degrees (100 degrees C) may remain useful for 50,000 miles (80,000 Kilometers). A transmission running at 257 degrees F (125 degrees C) may only last 12,000 to 15,000 miles.
There are manufacturers who claim you never have to service your transmission. This only applies if you have normal driving habits. If so, have your vehicle inspected every 1.5 years or 15,000 miles, whichever occurs first. If not, service it every six months.
For all your vehicle servicing, including your transmission, call the vehicle service experts in Burkburnett, Texas, Light Truck and Auto. They offer their “All Round Safety Check” for free. They’ll schedule maintenance for your vehicle and transmission. Your vehicle will be serviced right because that’s the passion at Light Truck and Auto.
Call Light Truck and Auto today at 940-569-9344.