The automatic transmission is composed of mechanical, hydraulic and electrical parts, which, at the moment of shifting gears, generate friction between them and, therefore, suffer wear due to use.
In most cases, this means that there will be a detachment of small particles. If these particles mix with the oil, they can cause breakdown.
A preventive maintenance service could avoid visits to the repair shop, extending the lifetime of the parts, keeping them properly lubricated. It also ensures that the gears are calibrated.
Maintenance tips for automatic transmissions
In order to keep the automatic gearbox in good condition, it is advisable to replace the transmission oil completely.
To do this, it must be topped up with new fluid, respecting the level indicated on the vehicle’s reservoir. Too little or too much oil could damage the control valves, the selector or the gearbox itself.
As the oil works under pressure and at high temperatures, driving in low gears or driving frequently up long climbs will affect the lubrication of the gearbox parts.
When to do preventive maintenance on automatic transmissions?
According to data from the Automatic Transmission Rebuilders Association in the United States, 90% of all gearbox failures are caused by overheating and most of these were caused by old or used fluid that should have been replaced.
The right time to change automatic transmission oil is determined by the manufacturer, as well as the type of transmission, according to the mileages listed below:
- Every 40,000 miles (60,000 kilometers) for DCT and CVT gearboxes.
- Every 60,000 miles (80,000 kilometers) for all other automatic transmissions.
Remember that prevention is the best way to preserve your transmissions and guarantee performance and durability. To learn more about our transmission oils offering, don’t hesitate to reach out.