Transmission Fluid Service
Time and mileage alone are not the best indicator of fluid depletion or the breakdown of additive packages and sludge build up. Many variables related to how the vehicle is driven and the environment can affect fluids, so it must be scientifically analyzed to accurately know the fluid condition.
Transmission fluid explanation:
Transmission fluid acts as a lubricant for all of the moving parts inside your transmission and serves as a coolant and a viscous fluid that transmits power from the engine to the transmission. Transmission fluid also contains detergents that clean and remove build up on moving metal parts inside the transmission.
Transmission fluid becomes contaminated overtime as clutch plates, gears and other internal transmission parts wear out. The metal particles then float around in the lubricant causing damage. Transmission fluid also breaks down over time because of the high amount of heat produced in a transmission. Degraded transmission fluid will have less viscosity, often have a burnt smell, and be discolored from the high amount of heat it is exposed to. Running contaminated or burnt fluid in the transmission will shorten the life of the transmission, cause shifting issues and could cause catastrophic damage. The metal particulates that build up in the fluid will also cause the fluid to become corrosive or acidic. Corrosive fluid will cause premature gasket and seal failure which will eventually cause transmission fluid leaks.
Most manufacturers recommend servicing automatic transmission fluid every 30,000-60,000 miles to keep the transmission operating optimally and to avoid expensive transmission damage. Under severe driving conditions such as a lot of mountain pass driving or towing, this fluid may need to be serviced as often as every 15,000 miles.
If the vehicles fluid is heavily contaminated or has been neglected, it may require multiple flushes to restore the fluid and remove as much of the contaminants as possible. Some vehicles will also have a serviceable filter that should be replaced at maintenance intervals.
The features of Repair Revolution’s transmission fluid service:
Repair Revolution’s transmission service involves testing the fluid for contamination and additive package breakdown using scientifically proven chromatographic technology to analyze the fluid condition. We then remove old fluid and debris from the system. In some cases, the transmission pan is removed to inspect for wear, the internal transmission filter is replaced, and the pan is manually cleaned and resealed.
After the new fluid is installed we will road test the vehicle to test shifting performance and re-test the fluid to ensure it has been restored to optimal performance. In some cases, if the fluid is severely contaminated, the fluid flush may have to be performed again if it fails an analysis test after the initial service.
The benefits of Repair Revolution’s transmission fluid service:
Servicing the transmission fluid keeps the transmission operating optimally and prevents expensive transmission damage. Fluid service can eliminate hard shifting, chattering and slipping. New fluid provides cooler transmission operation, reconditions seals and extends transmission life. New fluid can also restore power and performance