Transmission Fluid Flush in Berkeley
Among the hundreds of services and repairs, we offer at Oceanworks in Berkeley, one of the very important services is the transmission fluid exchange, also known as transmission fluid flush.
Whether your vehicle has an automatic or manual transmission, it may or may not need transmission fluid flush. One has to refer to the vehicle design to find out if the transmission for this particular vehicle model is permanently sealed (no need for transmission fluid exchange) or is not permanently sealed, in which case we can perform transmission fluid exchange and transmission fluid filter replacement as well.
Many newer cars have permanently sealed transmission or transaxle – improvements in fluid chemistry and filter technology make it possible to permanently seal the transmission and it may very well last the lifetime of the car – at least that’s what manufacturers claim.
But the majority of cars, whether with manual or automatic transmissions, will require transmission fluid exchange at regular intervals. As to the interval length, it differs from manufacturer to manufacturer, with automatic transmissions allowed more miles between fluid exchanges than manual transmissions. The type of driving you do also has a large impact on the frequency of transmission fluid exchanges – the more stop-and-go traffic, the more wear and tear on your vehicle, including its transmission – whether the transmission is automatic or manual.
The reason for transmission fluid exchange is straightforward: as the fluid repeatedly heats up, it loses some of its mechanical and chemical characteristics, and it also picks up metal shavings, dirt, moisture, and non-metallic friction material from internal parts. This can cause rapid parts to wear and can result in premature transmission failure. Transmission fluid exchange removes physical contaminants and restores proper mechanical and chemical fluid properties.
At Oceanworks in Berkeley transmission fluid exchange is one among many auto maintenance and repair services we offer. Our nationally ASE-certified technicians can inspect your vehicle, check the quality of transmission fluid, and let you know if the transmission fluid exchange is recommended. If it turns out that your car should have the transmission fluid exchange, this procedure can be completed in one day, so if you drop off your vehicle in the morning, you could pick it up in the afternoon with all work completed.
If your vehicle does not have a sealed transmission, we highly recommend transmission fluid exchange, as it will extend the life of the transmission. The alternative is a premature transmission replacement, which is an expensive repair.
All work performed at Oceanworks carries 24 month / 24,000-mile warranty. We offer convenient appointments – you can make one online, or simply call us at the shop.