It’s never fun realizing that you need to get something done to your vehicle. Unless you’re talking about regularly scheduled maintenance like getting your oil changed, typically these services come as a surprise when you least expect it. It’s important to talk to your mechanic – you can always give us a call with any questions! – about when you should be having other things checked so that you can get out ahead of these things rather than getting surprised by them when you might not be ready to take care of them.
Another thing you can do is pay attention to warning signs and heed them. While this might still lead to unwanted costs, you can at least get them taken care of at a point in time before it’s completely necessary. For instance, we have some clues for you as to when you should get your transmission flushed. Heeding these warning signs means you can clean out your system before it completely breaks down.
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Grinding & Other Strange Noises
Hearing new noises that you’re not used to your vehicle making is almost always a bad sign. If you can hear grinding sounds or similarly strange noises, it might mean that your transmission system has become contaminated. Check the level of your transmission fluid to confirm – if it’s low, then you might just need to top off the fluid. But, if the level is where it should be, then it’s time for a flush.
It’s especially easy to notice this problem in a manual vehicle, but it can happen in automatics as well. If you notice your vehicle shifting too early or too late, it could be because your transmission fluid has become too dirty to allow clean shifts.
If you notice your vehicle slipping into lower gears when it shouldn’t be, this is a sure sign that either your transmission fluid has become too low or too dirtied. Check the level again, if it’s full it’s time for a flush.
Stalling & Surging
Finally, if you notice your vehicle either completely stalling for a couple of seconds or randomly surging forward at inopportune times, these are both likely results of dirty transmission fluid. Time for a flush!
If you’re unsure, it’s always best to bring your vehicle in and get it checked out by our expert technicians. Just schedule an appointment right here on our website!