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When to Service Your Transmission

Bass Transmissions Recommends Every 50,000 Miles for Older Vehicles

You know when to perform an oil change and radiator flush, but you might not know when to service your transmission. Many vehicle owners don’t even think of their transmission until they have a problem with it. But if you don’t take care of the transmission, it could come back to haunt you. At Bass Transmissions & Automotive Repair, we recommend car owners should service their transmission every 50,000 miles. Drivers of newer cars should service their transmission every 30,000 miles.

Our team recommends that most vehicles should have a transmission flush regularly. We perform affordable transmission flushes and other maintenance for vehicle owners in Roanoke, VA, and our surrounding service areas. Today, we’re looking at why you should know when to service your transmission.

You Should Become Familiar with the Transmission

If you’re like many vehicle owners, you might not be familiar with the transmission. The transmission is essentially your vehicle’s gearbox. Transmission fluid makes up the transmission. It usually goes unseen unless you see a puddle of transmission fluid in your driveway. Transmission fluid acts as an oil and a hydraulic, which helps your transmission work effectively.

Our Technician Will Also Clean the Transmission Filter and Pan

While a transmission flush is a big part of transmission maintenance, there are other parts to the service. A complete transmission service should also include examining the sump pump or pan. Our technician will also replace or clean the filter, clean the pan, and install a new pan gasket. You can trust us to go over all parts of your transmission during your service at 50,000 miles.

Here Are the Basic Steps We Perform for a Transmission Service

1. The transmission filter is vital in helping remove dirt and contaminants from the automatic transmission fluid. What we do is remove the old transmission filter and replace it with a new filter.

2. Our technician will remove the old gasket material. We will then replace the pan gasket with a new gasket, and reinstall the pan.

3. We flush and replace the transmission fluid.

Trust Our Professionals to Perform a Transmission Flush

You might think you can perform a transmission flush for a DIY project, but it’s better to trust the professionals. Our Bass Transmission & Automotive Repair technician will use special equipment to flush out the new fluid. We use the special equipment to pump in the new, clean fluid. Cleaning agents might also be included in the new fluid. You can trust our transmission flushes and transmission repairs.

Transmission Flushes Remove Contaminants and Dirt

A full transmission flush removes contaminants and any dirt or debris that builds up in your gearbox over time. When you just drain the fluid, debris can remain and it also can’t get all of the fluid out. Draining the transmission leaves some of the old fluid, while flushing totally empties the transmission. Transmission industry experts have debated about whether a full flush or a drain and replacement of fluid are preferable. At Bass Transmissions & Automotive Repair, we prefer a transmission flush at 50,000 miles, or 30,000 miles for a new car.

Your Vehicle Can Experience Problems Without Maintenance

If you don’t get your transmission serviced every 30,000 to 50,000 miles, your vehicle could experience problems. When dirt, grease, and sludge, clogs up your transmission, it begins showing signs as if it does not have enough fluid. You might notice your transmission making strange sounds or grinding. If that happens, you should check out the transmission fluid. You or a qualified professional should check out the fluid while the vehicle is still running.

Know the Signs That Your Vehicle Needs a Transmission Flush

  • Transmission Making Grinding or Strange Noises
  • Your Vehicle Makes Unexpected Surges Forward or Backward
  • Delay in Vehicle Movement
  • Problems Shifting Gears
  • Slipping Gears

Are You Noticing Your Vehicle is Slipping out of Gear?

Before servicing the transmission, you might notice your vehicle is slipping out of gear. That likely means your car is due for a transmission flush. Drivers might notice that when they change gears, the shift is rough, slow, or delayed. Your transmission fluid could be low. If you are driving, and feel the car make an abrupt movement, the gear might be slipping. When you try to shift into reverse or drive, are your vehicle’s gears sticking? Then it’s a good time to have our team perform a transmission flush.

Transmission Service is Less Expensive Than Replacement

Bass Transmissions & Automotive Repair is a part of the community. We know our neighbors and friends could be concerned about the cost of a transmission service. But when you service your transmission every 30,000 to 50,000 miles, the cost is far less than replacing your transmission. If you had to replace the transmission, you could have to spend thousands of dollars. In some cases, the cost of replacing the transmission may be more than what an older vehicle is worth. Our transmission service extends the life of your car, and reduces your expenses over time.

There Are Ways to Prevent Transmission Damage

The average transmission can last for the length of time you have the vehicle. But you have to do your part to maximize its life. There are practices and precautions you can do to save yourself repair or replacement costs. Change the transmission filter when dirty. Drive in the correct gear if you have a manual transmission.

Also for manual transmissions, avoid shifting gears while accelerating or decelerating. You can limit braking and driving in stop-and-go traffic and avoid towing heavy loads. Most importantly, do routine maintenance like oil changes, and pay attention to any warning signals.

Are you looking for a quality automotive repair center? Call Bass Transmissions & Automotive Repair in Roanoke, VA, at (540) 345-8871 or follow us on Facebook for updates. We proudly serve vehicle owners throughout the Roanoke Valley. We can offer more suggestions about when to service your transmission.