The leading cause of transmission failure is dirty transmission fluid.
Douglas Automotive, in Barrington and Crystal Lake, recommends changing the fluid every 30,000 miles.
Don’t forget to use the right transmission fluid for your vehicle because adding the wrong type can affect your ride. A transmission fluid exchange is the best way to go when considering changing the fluid. This method gets 98% of the fluid changed as opposed to just dropping the pan and draining the system. You should however drop the pan and change the filter (if equipped) at every second or third exchange.
Check the color of your transmission fluid, too. The fluid should be clean and clear, if it is dark in color has debris suspended in the fluid or if it smells burnt, it may be time for a fluid change.
If your car “shudders” on accelerating, that could indicate that someone added the wrong kind of transmission fluid for your car, or it could mean that your fluid is old and needs to be replaced.
Note that a fluid exchange is not a flush; a transmission fluid exchange uses the transmission’s own fluid pressure to pump the old fluid out, while at the same time pushing the new fluid in. There is no external pump or pressure put on the transmission or any of its seals. Sometimes a fluid exchange is referred to as a flush when in reality it is not.
Making sure your fluid is clean can prevent wearing out your car’s transmission before its time. There is also the possibility that the problem could be a mechanical one. If in doubt, have a trusted mechanic check it out.
The experts at Douglas Automotive can perform a fluid exchange, if needed, and can diagnose any transmission problems.
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