Switching Gears Is Easier with a Clean Transmission
There are plenty of fluids running throughout your vehicle, each one working to keep the car in running condition. One of the most important fluids to keep track of, however, is your transmission fluid.
This type of oil serves as the coolant and lubricant for your transmission gears, ensuring they operate smoothly during each gear change, as well as keeping them from seizing and overheating.
Transmission fluid’s specific viscosity is the key to better cleaning and lubrication. As the fluid circulates through your vehicle’s parts, however, it gathers dirt and metal shavings, which drastically alters the fluid’s viscosity over time.
UK mechanics recommend transmission oil cleaning treatment to keep the fluid’s deterioration from affecting your car’s performance.
What Happens When Transmission Oil Deteriorates?
The hard use of your car – hauling heavy loads, frequent stop-and-go city driving, and trailer towing – accelerates the deterioration of transmission fluid. These driving situations increase your transmission’s operating temperature, putting more pressure on your transmission and its fluid.
If you do a lot of driving under high-stress conditions, check the transmission level more often. Transmission fluid is usually red, but it can come in different colours, and, as it deteriorates, it turns a shade darker.
Other signs of deteriorating transmission fluid include the following:
- Problematic shifting of gears. Your vehicle requires clean transmission fluid to run. Fluid with too much sludge or dirt can cause a sluggish transmission response. You’ll feel it in the way your car changes gears too quickly or too late.
- Vehicle surging. When your vehicle’s transmission fluid is polluted with contaminants, you’ll notice your car surging. Since your car’s tainted transmission does not allow for adequate fluid flow, your car may jump forward or fall backwards all of a sudden.
- Slipping gears. Your transmission needs to develop enough pressure to remain in the appropriate gear, which is why dirty transmission fluid saps it of hydraulic power. The contaminants in polluted transmission interfere with the flow of transmission fluid, causing your gears to slip.
When you notice your vehicle exhibiting one or more of these signs, it’s time for a transmission flush.
How Does Transmission Flush Work?
Transmission cleaning not only replaces your expended transmission fluid; it also cleans your transmission as it changes the fluid over. Mechanics use special equipment to pump new oil (and adds conditioning and cleaning agents) into the transmission.
A full transmission clean works better than a simple drain and replacement of fluid. It reduces (and sometimes eliminates) dirt, contaminants, and debris that build up over time. A simple drain leaves some fluid in the transmission while a flush clears out all the oil.
By cleaning your transmission with a flush, you achieve the following:
- Reduced amount of contaminants in your transmission
- Complete fluid replacement
- Longer transmission life
A smooth drive requires paying attention to your transmission fluid. Make sure your vehicle is always in good condition by prioritizing regular transmission cleaning and treatment.
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