Transmission Fluid Change in Stockton, CA
The subject of transmission fluid change does not come up as often as some other fluid changes, yet it is one of the more important services we offer. Transmissions, whether automatic or manual, have a lot of moving parts. Transmission fluid not only lubricates these parts, but also cools the transmission. As time goes by, transmission fluid deteriorates – due to age, temperature variations and chemical changes. Hence our Stockton, CA auto repair shop offers transmission fluid change, aka transmission fluid flush.
Another major reason to perform transmission fluid change –transmission fluid picks up bits and pieces of metal shavings and debris that are naturally created as transmission performs its functions. Not all transmissions have transmission fluid filter, and even those that do, the filter can get clogged with all that grime and debris. Once the transmission fluid becomes laden with the bits and pieces of metal, plastic, etc. it can accelerate transmission wear, instead of protecting it. That why we highly recommend regular transmission fluid exchange to extend the life of the transmission and save you thousands of dollars in transmission repairs and replacement costs.
How Often Should Transmission Fluid be Changed?
It is usually spelled out in your Owner’s Manual – intervals differ depending on the make and model of the vehicle. Frequent stop-and-go driving also accelerates the need for transmission fluid change.
Among master mechanics, the rule of thumb is that manual transmissions should have their fluid changed every 50,000 miles, while automatic transmissions should have the fluid change every 30,000 to 40,000 miles. At Toole’s Garage in Stockton we can test your vehicle’s transmission fluid and let you know if it’s time for transmission fluid exchange.
Some Cars Have Permanently Sealed Transmissions…
Some vehicles do have what is known as “permanently sealed transmission”, and some manufacturers claim that their transmission fluid is good for the life of the transmission. At Toole’s Garage we still recommend transmission fluid changes – manufacturer’s marketing claims notwithstanding – because nobody has found a way to repeal laws of physics – moving parts in the transmission still generate debris, metal shavings, and all that stuff that gets to be evacuated when we replace deteriorated transmission fluid. And yes, our professionals can perform transmission fluid replacement on a “permanently sealed” transmission.
When we perform transmission fluid change at Toole’s Garage Stockton, we use brand new transmission fluid. We use fluid that is recommended by the manufacturer, as it is specifically designed for your vehicle. After draining the old fluid, we refill your transmission with the brand new fluid with correct physical and chemical properties. If the transmission has transmission fluid filter, we provide a new filter as well.
Maintenance and repairs performed at Toole’s Garage are backed by industry leading 3 year / 36,000 mile nationwide warranty, and we can provide complimentary local Uber/Lyft ride for your convenience.
So if you suspect that your vehicle needs transmission fluid change, or it has been 3 years or longer since the last change, bring your vehicle to Toole’s Garage Stockton. You can setup an appointment on our website, or call the shop directly to make an appointment.