Should I Service My Transmission?

Spoiler Alert: Yes.

In the past, there’s been some dispute over whether or not transmissions should be regularly serviced. Some authorities believed it was unnecessary and could actually harm the transmission’s normal function. Others saw no reason not to take extra care of the complex system for long term success. AutoStream Car Care Center is here to tell you that yes, you do need transmission service. It’s essential to prolonging the lifespan of the system and ensuring you don’t run into major, costly problems. However, the specifics as to when and how often will vary based on your situation.

What You Drive

What kind of car do you drive? Where was it manufactured? What kind of transmission does it have — automatic or manual? These are all factors that can influence when and how often you get transmission service. If your car is brand new, you might not need maintenance for some time, as a brand new transmission should be set up for success for thousands of miles. A good place to start is with the owner’s manual, which should contain your manufacturer’s recommendations for a transmission repair and service schedule.

How You Drive

Your manufacturer understood everything about your vehicle when they made it. That’s why their recommendation for a repair and service schedule is a good starting point. What your manufacturer can’t account for is how each individual drives their vehicle. Based on how often you drive and your unique driving habits — like how hard you brake or if you shift before stopping — your transmission might wear out faster. That means you might need service sooner than you might think. An expert at AutoStream Car Care Center can monitor your transmission’s health and take your driving habits into account to determine the most accurate service schedule.

Start Today!

If you clicked on this article, you’re probably curious about the health of your transmission. It doesn’t hurt to visit the experts for a quick inspection to ensure the system is up for continued operation. If our team finds something worth repairing on your transmission, you’ll be glad you stopped by! Visit our location in Woodstock, Maryland today to get started!

Written by Doug Grills

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