What is involved in an Automatic Transmission Service and how often should it be done?
Automatic transmissions are complex systems that operate under extremes of load, heat, pressure and friction. Under normal operation, over a period of time, your transmission produces millions of tiny abrasive metal particles that are carried through your transmission by the oil. As a result the transmission, if not regularly serviced, incurs wear that could lead to parts failure, overheating or a complete breakdown.
At Paul’s Automatic Transmission we provide the following automatic transmission service:
-Old fluid drained out.
-The transmission oil pan is removed and cleaned.
-The specialist inspect the old oil and residue in the transmission oil pan for signs of metal filings or debris from the clutches which will indicate any internal damage or impending transmission problems.
-The filter will be removed and cleaned. (Some transmissions have a “throw-away” filter in which case a new filter should be fitted).
-The bands and controls (where applicable) will be checked and adjusted.
-The filter will be refitted.
-The transmission oil pan will be refitted using a new gasket.
-The transmission will be filled with new transmission fluid.
-The transmission will be checked for fluid leaks.
-The car will be road tested to check the transmission operation.
Please note that if your transmission oil is extremely degraded or contaminated, the technician will process a transmission flush to remove any contaminated oil that remains trapped in the cooler pipes or the torque converter.
This helps prolonging the life of your transmission; as the vehicle gets older, the transmission should be serviced every 12 months or 20,000 km (whichever occurs first). This is especially important if you do a lot of driving in heavy stop/start traffic.