Should I Service My Transmission Even Though It Is Supposed to Have Lifetime Fluid?

Yes, you should always have your transmission serviced at the manufacturer’s recommended mileage intervals. Failure to do so could result in serious damage and an unwanted repair bill. Does the fluid really last a lifetime? Nothing does, which is why Pit Shop Auto Repair in Libertyville, IL, is ready to maintain your transmission – automatic or manual – to ensure your vehicle is safe and reliable each time you take it out on the road.

Okay, How Often Should I Have the Fluid Replaced?

If you drive a newer vehicle, we have some good news for you. Automobile technology today is quite remarkable and certain vehicle maintenance extends to 100,000 miles before it’s necessary. Flushing and replacing your transmission oil is one of those services, but don’t jump up and down in excitement just yet. It really does depend on the make, model, and year of your vehicle, so check your owner’s manual to see when the manufacturer says this needs to be done.

Your Driving Can Affect the Duration, Too

Another factor is how much you drive your vehicle and how rough your commute is. For example, if you drive from Libertyville to downtown Chicago every weekday for work, you have one long and rough commute. Constant stop-and-go traffic stresses your transmission, as does driving on mountainous terrain or hauling trailers. Does any of this apply to your daily driving? Do you drive like a maniac? (You can answer that honestly, we won’t tell!) If so, you might need your transmission oil and other fluids changed more frequently.

Transmission Service

You should have your transmission serviced every 30,000 miles unless your owner’s manual says otherwise. When you bring your vehicle in for service, we’ll not only check the oil – or fluid as some people like to call it – we’ll also examine the pan or sump, clean or replace the filter, clean or replace the pan (if it’s rusted or damaged), replace the pan gasket if it’s worn, replace the fluid if necessary, and adjust your clutch if you drive a manual. You’ll come to appreciate this service once you get back into your car and drive it. Ready for a smoother ride?

Pit Shop Auto Repair in Libertyville, IL, takes pride in our auto expertise and customer service. We believe in safety first for every driver in Libertyville, and we will work tirelessly to ensure your vehicle is reliable when you’re on the road. Call us today to schedule a transmission service or other appointment.