The transmission is the device that transmits power from the engine to the wheels so that you can go forward or in reverse and travel at a desired speed.
When the transmission is working properly, the only thing we think about is putting the car into gear and going. When the transmission changes gears while we drive, it seems to work smoothly and effortlessly.
In reality, your transmission works very hard. It endures extreme heat and other challenges related to traveling to your destination and back. Think if you weighed 3-4,000 pounds and you had to carry your friends and family on your back. Now imagine jogging, running, or even sprinting while doing that! Oh wait; let’s add a bunch of groceries or luggage to carry around! That’s hard work!
There are two types of transmissions: Automatic transmissions and manual transmissions (also known as ”standard” or “stick shifts”). Automatic transmissions are the most common, the easiest to use, and the most sophisticated in terms of technology. The newer your vehicle is, the more sophisticated your transmission probably is.
Transmissions rely on a specific type of fluid in order to work properly. The fluid helps with several functions, so the condition of the fluid is critical.
The first sign of transmission wear is a change in fluid color. When transmission fluid “ages”, the fluid becomes progressively darker. Some transmissions put more “stress” on the fluid, which will affect how quickly it ages.
3A Automotive inspects the condition of your transmission fluid each time you have your vehicle serviced. When the transmission needs to be serviced, 3A will recommend a transmission fluid flush.