Keeping your automatic transmission shifting smoothly
The automatic transmission is the hardest working and most important parts of your car.
The transmission has to change the engine output to speeds and torque . In the case of an automatic transmission, it has to perform these task and adjustments automatically, using a complex system of mechanics and hydraulics.
Doing this places tremendous stresses on the auto transmission – force, pressure, heat and friction. This can cause tiny metal particles to come off the gears and other components, contaminating the transmission fluid. The more of these abrasive bits there are, the worse the fluid performs, causing greater wear.
It is an extremely vicious cycle you should break regularly to preserve your automatic transmission and its performance… or be prepared for a huge cost when your transmission can not take anymore.
This is why we recommend you service your automatic transmission regularly – at least every 12 months or 20,000km. Some models may also require more regular transmission servicing. Your transmission specialist can advise you on this.
What the service includes:
- Drain transmission fluid
- Remove and clean the oil pan
- Inspect the fluid condition, evidence of metal or clutch lining material in pan and any evidence of sludge
- Full transmission flush if needed
- Remove, clean and replace the filter
- Check and adjust the bands and controls
- Refit the pan, using a new gasket
- Fill the transmission to the recommended level with new transmission fluid of the correct type
- Check for leaks and wear on seals and hoses
- Test to check working of serviced automatic transmission.
The best way to make sure your automatic transmission service is done properly is to entrust it to experts with the necessary skills and equipment.
Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)
CVT is a special type transmission. An increasing number of modern cars are using this type transmission. They require specialist know how and tools so we advised to make sure you take your vehicle to transmission experts.