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What Is Transmission Fluid and Its Role?

Most people overlook their transmission maintenance, but it is key to keeping your vehicle dependable on the road. If cars aren’t your thing, you might have never even heard of this service – transmission fluid flush. Today, we will discuss what a transmission fluid flush is and what it can do for your vehicle. 

Transmission Fluid and Its Role

To understand this vital service, you need to know what transmission fluid is. Like coolant, brake fluid, and motor oil, transmission fluid is just another liquid solution that your car needs. This fluid cools and lubricates your transmission components. In other words, it allows you to shift gears and prevents the transmission from failing. 

As you rack up miles on your vehicle, the transmission fluid will break down similarly to how the engine breaks down motor oil. If your transmission gets too hot, it’ll even burn. To avoid costly repairs, you should keep the fluid in good condition by getting transmission fluid flushes. 

What is a Transmission Fluid Flush?

A fluid flush involves replacing old fluid with new fluid by completely flushing it out of the system. In most cases, cleaning agents are involved too. A transmission fluid flush helps get rid of the corrosion and gunk in the fluid lines and replenishes the system with new and effective fluid. Some drivers contemplate whether this service is necessary. However, a full flush is much better for your vehicle’s health over a fluid change. 

You should always follow your automaker’s recommendations on when to get your fluid flushes. It can be found in the owner’s manual if you are not sure. Furthermore, your transmission may display some signs that indicate it is running on bad or low fluid. They include:

  • Slipping out of gear
  • Slow or delayed gear changes
  • Grinding sounds
  • Dirty or dark fluid

We hope you now have a better understanding of how fluid flushes work and how they can benefit your car’s transmission system. If you need help maintaining your vehicle’s transmission, please call or visit the automotive service specialists at J & F Motors in Arlington, VA. 

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