Friction between internal parts, sediment accumulation and deterioration of the transmission fluid cause the automatic transmission to wear out. This can be compounded by lack of maintenance and rough driving.
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
The first and most important recommendation for good automatic transmission maintenance is to replace the transmission oil.
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?
Overheating is one of the main causes of most gearbox failures. A problem that is usually caused by not replacing the oil in due time.
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.