When to Get Your Transmission Flushed

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Transmission fluid is one of those aspects of a car that most drivers think little of until an issue arises. We here at Honda of Bay County want to make sure our fellow Panama City, Springfield, and Callaway area drivers know when it's time to get your transmission flushed. That's why our service team has decided to present you with the following information.

Below is a brief description of the transmission flushing process as well as the key signs that indicate it's time to have the procedure done.

What is a Transmission Flush?

A transmission flush is basically just how it sounds. During the process, old fluid is flushed out, fresh oil and cleaning solvents are put through the system, and new fluid is pumped into the transmission.

Check Engine Light

The check engine light is a valuable preventive tool to enable you to catch problems before they get any bigger. Although this helpful light can indicate a lot of possible issues pertaining to your engine's health, problems originating with your transmission certainly fit into this category. If this light catches your eye, be sure to take your car in to get it checked out as soon as possible.

Leaking Fluid

It likely goes without saying that it's never a good thing for any fluid to leak out of your car. If you notice a puddle of fluid on the ground underneath the region of your transmission, it's a good rule to assume there might be a leak. Transmission fluid ranges in color from clear red to light brown and is relatively thin in consistency.

Burning Smell

Whether it seems to be coming from the inside of your car or the outside, if you're picking up the distinct odor of something burning, immediately have it looked at by an automotive technician as a bigger transmission problem might be in occurrence.

Difficulty Changing Gears

Some signs directly pertaining to the operation of the transmission itself include grinding noises, shaking, and hesitation when shifting from gear to gear. Another indication is when the vehicle appears to have a hard time accelerating and only gradually picks up speed.

Check Your Transmission Fluid

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If you're witnessing any of the above signs and suspect your transmission as the culprit, you should definitely check the condition of the fluid to see if it needs to be flushed. Here are a few things to look for:

  • Color. As stated above, the color of your transmission fluid can be anything from clear red to light brown. Of course, that's if it's healthy. If the fluid is dark brown, you should definitely have it flushed. If it's black, there may be something more serious going on inside your transmission and you should have it serviced.
  • Smell. You shouldn't be able to smell much of anything at all from your transmission fluid. Keep in mind that if it's giving off a burning smell, this could also mean there's something wrong with your transmission.
  • Consistency. Healthy fluid should be free of debris and bubbles.
  • Fluid Level. While you're checking, make sure the fluid is up to the fill line and no higher. If it looks low, go ahead and refill it and monitor for signs of leaking.

Have Your Transmission Fluid Checked Regularly

If you're in Panama City, Springfield, or Callaway and you're experiencing one or more of the above signs, you have questions about how to check your transmission fluid, or you'd like to have your fluid checked or flushed by one of our expert technicians, contact Honda of Bay County to schedule your appointment.

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