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WHAT IS AN AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FLUID EXCHANGE SERVICE?
Automatic transmissions work by transmitting power from the engine to the wheels through a fluid medium. This fluid also lubricates moving parts and cools the transmission. Over time, the fluid breaks down, becomes contaminated and needs to be serviced. During an Automatic Transmission Fluid Exchange Service, nearly 100% of your used transmission fluid is exchanged and replaced with new transmission fluid.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF AN AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FLUID EXCHANGE SERVICE?
- Extends the life of the transmission by providing resistance to oxidation and the formation of sludge and varnish.
- Fresh fluid with anti-wear properties prevents wear or scoring of the gears, clutch bands and discs.
- Promotes smooth shifting.
- Minimizes risk of premature transmission failure.
- Maintains vehicle warranty requirements.
WHY YOU SHOULD REPLACE YOUR TRANSMISSION FLUID
Transmission fluid is the “Life Blood” of an automatic transmission. It not only provides the hydraulic power to move the parts inside the transmission, but it must also cool, clean, and lubricate the internal transmission parts. Worn out or contaminated fluid allows excess friction, heat, and wear to occur while you drive. Your transmission’s vital parts get clogged with sludge and varnish deposits because, just like the oil in the car’s engine, automatic transmission fluid (ATF) suffers from heat, friction and electrochemical degradation. In fact, nearly nine out of ten transmission failures are due to overheating and fluid contamination according to the Automatic Transmission Rebuilders Association.
By just dropping the pan and filter you cannot remove all of the ATF. Instead it stays in the torque converter, valve body and transmission cooler lines, making a complete fluid drain impossible.
Typical transmission service removes and replaces only 25%-50% of your car’s contaminated ATF. In some cases, adding new fluid to the remaining contaminated fluid can actually cause sludge and varnish deposits to clog filters and further restrict flow. This can result in a serious malfunction or even failure of your automatic transmission.
Now you have an option. A transmission fluid exchange safely removes most, if not all of the old, contaminated fluid, as well as varnish and sludge deposits. It also cleans the transmission cooler, valve body and torque converter by removing worn metals that slowly grind away your transmission’s internal components. A transmission fluid exchange thoroughly cleans your car’s transmission and protects it with fresh ATF and conditioners that revitalize the seals and O-rings.
If your vehicle’s transmission is showing any of the typical signs (discoloration of or contaminated transmission fluid, slipping, rough or hard shifting), try a transmission fluid exchange service. It may help you avoid the cost of major repair work or even prevent the need for a new transmission.