How to take care of your transmission
It is easy to forget about the device your car relies on to propel it down the road, and it’s not the engine! We’re talking about the Transmission. The transmission requires regular servicing, but most drivers neglect it. “Neglect” is the reason why transmission service shops are making a bundle of money replacing damaged transmissions.
At Pro-Trans, we recommend you have your car, truck or van’s transmission fluid (ATF= Automatic Transmission Fluid) and filter replaced every 25,000 miles. Some newer vehicles may use Dextron II ATF, a transmission fluid that can have a service life exceeding 60,000 miles. We recommend having your transmission serviced at least every 35,000 miles. We are located in Redding California, easy to find, centrally located.
ATF Wears Out! Why?
Your car or truck transmission generates heat. Sometimes a lot of heat! All those moving gears generate friction and that produces heat!
Average daily driving will raise fluid temperatures to 175 degrees F., which is a normal operating temperature. If ATF temperatures can be held to 175 degrees F., ATF will last almost indefinitely or up to 100,000 miles. But if the fluid temperature goes much higher, the life of the fluid is compromised. Driving in stop and go traffic, traffic lights and around town driving usually causes transmission temperatures to go above 175 degrees. And once that happens, over time, trouble begins.
Automatic Transmission fluid heats up as a result of the loads and pressures that go with normal everyday driving. If fluid temperatures exceed 175 degrees F, transmission fluids start to break down and oxidize. Viscosity is compromised creating a sticky situation for your transmission’s components. Eventually, the transmission will fail. Maybe after a year, maybe sooner. Repair costs can easily exceed $2,000.00. Almost all transmission failures are a result of over heating.
If you you drive in hilly terrain or tow loads on a regular basis, especially here in northern California, and your vehicle does not have a transmission cooler, maybe now is the time to consider having us install one. Transmission temperatures can be reduced by as much as 30% by a transmission cooler installed by Pro Trans.
Contact Us For Your Transmission Service!
Servicing a transmission is a messy job because unlike changing the engine oil, there is no drain plug! Most of the time, fluid is spilled all over you and the floor of your garage or worse, driveway.
Give us a call before you come over. We can do it for you! It’s easy!
1113 Center St.
Redding, CA. 96001