Regular transmission fluid changes are crucial to maintaining optimal performance. Over time, transmission fluid can become contaminated or break down, leading to decreased lubrication and increased wear. Transmission service typically involves draining the old fluid, replacing the filter (if applicable), and filling the system with fresh fluid.
Ensuring the transmission fluid is at the correct level is essential for proper operation. Technicians may check the fluid level and top it off if necessary during routine service.
Fluid Level Check:
In addition to a fluid change, some services may offer a transmission flush. This involves using specialized equipment to remove old fluid and debris from the transmission and replacing it with new fluid.
Some hybrid vehicles use unique transmission systems, such as continuously variable transmissions (CVTs) or electrically variable transmissions (EVTs). Hybrid car services may include maintenance or repairs to these specialized transmissions.
Technicians may perform adjustments to the transmission linkage and conduct visual inspections to identify any signs of leaks or damage.
Adjustments and Inspections:
These components absorb and distribute the energy from bumps and uneven road surfaces. Common types of springs include coil springs and leaf springs.
Shock absorbers control the motion of the springs, preventing the vehicle from bouncing excessively. They help maintain tire contact with the road.
Clutch Repair or Replacement:
A type of suspension assembly that combines the functions of a spring and a shock absorber. Struts are often used in the front suspension of many vehicles.
Torque Converter Repair or Replacement:
These are structural components that connect the suspension to the chassis. They help control the movement of the wheels and maintain proper alignment.
Seal and Gasket Replacement:
In cases of extensive transmission damage, a rebuild or overhaul may be required. This involves disassembling the transmission, replacing worn or damaged parts, and reassembling it to factory specifications.
Transmission Rebuild or Overhaul:
In severe cases where the transmission is beyond repair, a complete transmission replacement may be necessary.