Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Automatic Transmission Fluid Service

Do You Need An Automatic-Transmission Fluid Service?

Does your vehicle's automatic transmission experience:
  • Hard Shifting
  • Slippage or Chatter
  • Frequent Trailer Towing
  • High Operating Temperatures
  • Late or Infrequent A.T.F. Services? 
The Problem
More than one-third of all transmission problems are caused by fluid breakdown. More than just a lubricant, Automatic-Transmission Fluid (ATF) is actually a vital component in the operation of an automatic transmission. Under normal use, heat and friction in the transmission are a catalyst for oxidation and acid buildup. The result is the formation of sludge and varnish deposits in the system.
Once this process starts, these contaminates along with eroded metal particles, can build up in critical areas and clog filters, restricting the flow of transmission fluid. Traditional ATF services only remove about 30% of the old, oxidized fluid, leaving behind large amounts of contaminants and debris. If the transmission is not serviced properly, serious malfunction or even system failure can occur, causing costly repairs.
To learn more about the condition of your transmission look closely at the fluid on the dipstick.

Condition of Fluid
  • Dark Color
  • Varnished or Tacky
  • Pink, Milky Color
  • Metal Particles in Fluid
  • Burnt Odor

Possible Cause
  • Clutch-Pack Slippage
  •  Overheating
  • Water/Coolant Contamination
  • Internal Damage
  • Transmission Overheating and/or Slippage
An experienced technician, using a specially designed machine, will perform an Automatic-Transmission-System Fluid Exchange Service. First, ATF Cleaner is added to the old fluid system to clean and suspend residue, wear particles and varnish deposits. The vehicle's automatic transmission system is then attached to the machine.

The machine evacuates the contaminated fluid from the entire system, including the torque converter, housing, cooler and lines. Simultaneously, new, clean, ATF is introduced into the system. To complete the service, ATF Supplement is added to help fortify new fluid, resist oxidation breakdown, and keep seals soft and pliable.

An ATF service can help to:
  • Extend Transmission Life
  • Revitalize Seals & O-Rings
  • Reduce Hard Shifting & Slippage
  • Avoid Costly Repairs