Transmission Flushes Explained

December 24th, 2019 by

Whether you drive with a manual or an automatic, your vehicle’s transmission is essential to its performance. Your transmission requires regular preventative maintenance to keep it performing properly, and getting it flushed at recommended intervals is key to its health.

You may be wondering what a transmission flush is, why it’s important, and when you should schedule one for your Volkswagen. In this article, Norm Reeves Volkswagen Superstore in Irvine goes over everything drivers in Newport Beach, Mission Viejo, and Rancho Santa Margarita need to know about transmission flushes before scheduling a maintenance appointment with your mechanic.

What Is a Transmission Flush?

A transmission flush is a maintenance procedure that involves removing all of the fluid from a transmission, running new fluid through it with a machine to clean out the sludge, and filling it with new fluid. This process cleans your entire transmission and is an excellent way to maintain your vehicle’s performance.

It’s easy to confuse transmission flushes and routine fluid changes, but they’re actually quite different. During a transmission fluid change, the fluid is drained using gravity and replaced. However, some of the old transmission fluid remains afterwards, since it doesn’t use a machine to clear everything out.

A flush, on the other hand, uses a machine to get rid of all of the fluid and contaminants that cause transmission problems. Both are excellent procedures for maintenance, but it’s important to get a transmission flush rather than a simple change when your vehicle’s maintenance schedule calls for one.

Do I Really Need a Transmission Flush?

Transmission flushes are essential to any vehicle’s health. Like any kind of fluid used in a car, transmission fluid breaks down over time, becomes less effective, and ultimately damages your transmission. Flushing this fluid prevents your transmission from wearing prematurely, and keeps your vehicle performing the way it’s supposed to.

When Should I Flush My Transmission?

Your owner’s manual includes a service schedule with recommended intervals for transmission flushes. But generally, we recommend getting a transmission flush every 30,000 miles or every two years. These intervals may differ from manufacturer to manufacturer, so be sure to read your owner’s manual for more specific instructions.

What Are Some Signs That I Need a Transmission Flush?

Your vehicle demonstrates some clear-cut signs when it needs a transmission flush or other transmission service. Here are five of them:

  • Loud grinding noises
  • Slipping gears
  • Inability to shift gears
  • Stalling
  • Inconsistent performance and power

If your car shows any of the following symptoms, take it to a mechanic for service immediately. Your transmission fluid could be contaminated, but other mechanical issues could be at play as well. Only a certified professional can diagnose the exact cause.

Transmission Service at Norm Reeves Volkswagen Superstore in Irvine

If you think that your vehicle needs a transmission flush, make an appointment at Norm Reeves Volkswagen Superstore in Irvine. The certified technicians in our state-of-the-art facility can find out why your transmission is acting up and will make any repairs, replacements, or fluid flushes necessary to get it back up and running.

The certified technicians at Norm Reeves Volkswagen Superstore help drivers throughout Newport Beach, Rancho Santa Margarita, and Mission Viejo care for their transmissions and are fully committed to your satisfaction. To make your appointment today, contact us online or by calling 877-871-3235.

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