Being able to transfer strength and ability from one place to another would be a pretty cool superpower. Imagine if Superman could pass his heat vision on to you in your time of need. The transmission under the hood of your car, truck, or SUV is capable of transmitting power from the engine to the wheels. Without this function, we would still be riding in horses and buggies. Thanks to French inventors Panard and Levassor, and their invention of the transmission, your vehicle has superpowers too! Consider, however, if this power was weakened by overuse, too much heat, and dirt. It would certainly pose a threat and make you vulnerable to harm. For a transmission’s power to work properly, the fluid running through it has to be free from debris so it doesn’t muck things up. Dave Wilkes Transmission specialists know exactly when a transmission fluid change is necessary.
The color of transmission fluid is a telltale sign of its condition. If it’s red, drive on ahead, if it’s brown, it’s getting run down, and if it’s dark, put it in park. Remembering this little rhyme can save you hundreds of dollars in repairs. Because this lubricant keeps all the gears running smoothly, it is crucial you bring it in for a change according to your owner’s manual. Also, be sure to NOT use the wrong type of fluid, let it overheat, or let it run low. In addition, to avoid damaging the components of the drivetrain, go easy on the brakes and allow your vehicle to warm up before heading out. The sounds you might hear if the transmission fluid is left to run amok are much like whines, grinds, and clunks. While sights and sounds are indicators, a burning smell is another sign of transmission failure. If you are even the slightest bit unsure of whether or not it’s time for a fluid change, Dave Wilkes Transmission in Ventura, California, will take care of you in our Auto Club Approved Facility. You’ll receive answers to your questions and solutions to your automotive problems from our ASE certified technicians.