When it comes to getting a full transmission flush vs. fluid change, most people aren’t sure what the difference is. In fact, many don’t even know when to get transmission maintenance done. Learn more about each process, and when you should consider taking your vehicle in for routine transmission maintenance.
How Often Should You Get Maintenance Done on Your Transmission?
Before we get into transmission flushes and changes, it’s important to understand how often transmission maintenance should be done. Unfortunately, there is no single answer to this question. It varies depending on the make of your vehicle as well as your driving habits.
That being said, most vehicles will need a transmission fluid change every 30,000 to 60,000 miles. However, if you do a lot of stop-and-go driving or frequently haul heavy loads, you may need to get transmission maintenance done more often. It’s always best to check your owner’s manual for specific recommendations on transmission maintenance.
A transmission flush is a process in which all of the transmission fluid is flushed out of your vehicle. This is done using a machine that connects to your transmission and circulates the transmission fluid until it’s all been removed. Once the old transmission fluid has been completely flushed out, new transmission fluid is added. This process can be quicker and easier than a transmission fluid change.
A transmission flush is beneficial to your car because it ensures that your transmission has new, high-quality fluid. This allows the transmission to be better protected against wear, and makes it run cooler.
It’s important to note that transmission flushes can be harsh on your transmission. It is also more expensive since you are getting all new fluids in the transmission. It’s always best to check with your mechanic before getting a transmission flush to see if it’s the best option for your vehicle. Some of the most common signs it’s time for a flush include hard to shift gears, grinding or strange noises, slipping gears, or vehicle surges.
Transmission Fluid Change
A transmission fluid change is a bit different than a transmission flush. In this process, only some of the old transmission fluid is removed from your vehicle, generally about a third. The rest of the transmission fluid is simply refreshed with new transmission fluid. Performing a transmission fluid change can also be a messier process than a flush.
A transmission fluid change is generally considered to be a gentler way to maintain your transmission than a transmission flush. However, it’s important to note that a transmission fluid change will not get rid of all the old transmission fluid. This could possibly reduce the performance of the new fluid.
Deciding on a Transmission Flush vs Fluid Change
When it comes to transmission maintenance, there is no one-size-fits-all answer. The best way to maintain your transmission is to follow the specific recommendations in your owner’s manual, and get the opinion of a transmission specialist.
However, if you are due for transmission maintenance and are trying to decide between a transmission flush and a transmission fluid change, it’s generally best to go with a transmission fluid change. A transmission flush can be pretty harsh on your transmission, and may actually cause more damage than good.
Have a Transmission Specialist Asses Your Vehicle’s Needs
If you have any questions about transmission maintenance, or if you think it’s time for a transmission flush or transmission fluid change, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with us. Our team of experienced mechanics would be more than happy to take a look and help you make the best decision for your vehicle.