Automatic Transmissions can work like a charm until you begin to feel slipping, slamming and the dreaded “Limp Mode”. To keep these issues to a minimum, we recommend a transmission flush if your vehicle has under 100,000 miles. This flushes the old fluid out of the system and replaces it with new fluid – a 100% exchange. If your vehicle has over 100,000 miles, we recommend that you have a transmission service performed. This service includes removal of the transmission pan and transmission filter and draining fluid as much as possible. This is approximately a 50% exchange. We recommend you have your transmission fluid changed every 30,000 miles. This helps to extend the life of the transmission.
Manual Transmissions do have fluid that should be drained and refilled every 30,000 miles. And, they also have a clutch that is typically replaced at least once in the life of the vehicle. The clutch allows the driver to change gears and over time it can become worn. A sure sign that a clutch needs to be replaced is when the clutch is pressed all the way to the floor, and it is still difficult to move in and out of the gears. We can also check for clutch deterioration if there is clutch debris in the transmission peek hole.
Drive Lines and CV Axles
Drive Lines go from the transmission to the rear of the vehicle to translate power to the rear wheels. The U-Joints need to be checked on drive lines from time to time. The CV Axles are what the make the wheels rotate. The CV Axles have “boots” that can become torn or damaged. We recommend replacement of the axle when a boot is torn because the charge is approximately the same whether the axle is replaced or the boot is repaired, but the axle is warrantied – the boot is not. There is no preventative maintenance for Drive Lines and CV Axles – only repair and replacement when the part no longer performs optimally.