Signs of a Failing Transmission
Because the transmission is such an important component, it is crucial that you have it serviced at the first sign of failure. Indications of a failing transmission include hesitation when shifting gears, falling out of gear, or if your vehicle is shifting gears for no reason. Additionally, grinding and shimmying between gears and even unusual noises or whining sounds can be symptoms of transmission issues.
If you notice any of these signs, you should bring your car into HEART Certified Auto Care located in Evanston, Northbrook or Wilmette for transmission service.
In addition to servicing your transmission when you are experiencing problems, it is also important to have it looked at periodically to ensure everything is running smoothly. A slight problem with your vehicle’s transmission can decrease engine efficiency, increase fuel usage, and lead to greater wear and tear on multiple engine systems that could turn into larger problems down the road.
To avoid serious issues, it is often recommended to receive transmission service at regular intervals. Check your owner’s manual for the manufacturer’s suggestions. The best practice is to simply check transmission fluid whenever you have other routine vehicle maintenance.
When to Change Transmission Fluid
The most common form of transmission service is a transmission flush. A flush basically means removing all of your car’s current transmission fluid and replacing it with fresh fluid. This flush is necessary as your transmission fluid becomes dirty and ceases to function the way it’s meant to. Without a flush, more wear and tear can impact gears and exacerbate engine problems down the road if issues are not taken care of quickly.
It’s recommended that you get a transmission flush done on a semi regular basis, much like you do with your oil change and tire rotation. Each manufacturer has different recommendations for when to change the transmission fluid in the car, with some recommending as often as every 30,000 miles, and others, 100,000 miles.
Transmission Service in the North Shore
It’s easy to overlook regular transmission maintenance. In modern, automatic vehicles, the transmission shifts gears, regulates engine power, and keeps our cars moving with little to no effort from the driver. But this doesn’t mean you should completely ignore it. A well functioning transmission is essential for optimal vehicle performance. If you are experiencing transmission problems, or if you think it’s time for a transmission flush, bring your vehicle by HEART Certified Auto Care at one of our three convenient Chicago area locations in Evanston, Northbrook, and Wilmette.