Servicing Automatic Transmissions

Automatic transmissions are pretty reliable. However, when you drive a number of miles, it may be time to service and maintain your transmission.

The reason why it needs some attention is that your trans is the most complicated piece of machinery on your car.

In 2019 a growing number of cars and sport utility vehicles now come with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) instead of a conventional automatic. CVTs have been used in passenger cars since 1989, but if you haven’t been car shopping in several years a CVT may be new to you. There are different things that you need to do in order for you to ensure that your CVT-powered vehicle will last for years.

The most common problem CVT owners encounter is overheating, therefore, it is important that you ensure that your vehicle has ample fluid. However, please take note that adding fluid should not be more than 75%, or about a ¾ quarter, of the reservoir. It has to be just within the cross-hatch mark.

Another thing you should always keep in mind is the fluid change schedule. The schedule will depend on the type of vehicle that you have but most of the time, it’s within the 100,000 km range.

Do not overload your vehicle as it will cause your belt to wear due to excessive heat. Make sure that you stick to the suggested weight your vehicle can carry. Watch out for the following signs of trouble:

  • TRANS LEAKING FLUID ON THE DRIVEWAY (THIS MAY CAUSE VERY LOW FLUID LEVEL WHICH IS GOING TO CAUSE PROBLEMS)
  • CHECK ENGINE LIGHT COMES ON (ALSO HAS TRANS SENSORS)
  • CLUNKING SOUND
  • ODD SMELL (SMELL THE TRANS DIPSTICK FOR A BURNT SMELL)
  • TRANS MAKES NOISES
  • WON’T GO INTO A GEAR

If your vehicle has any of the above symptoms, or is showing an engine light, take it to Escondido Auto Tech. The guys at EAT are used to diagnosing the problem quickly. Schedule an appointment today at Escondido Auto Tech by calling us at (760)745-4454.