Importance of Checking Fluids During the Summer

An automatic transmission is a hydraulic system that operates on pressurized oil (fluid). This fluid lubricates the transmission and applies various friction devices such as (clutches and bands) at specific times to change gears and transfer power from the engine to the drive wheels. When the fluid drops below a secure level, lubrication and hydraulic pressure decrease, causing extreme wear to major transmission components and in some cases, immediate failure.

With the large number of self-service gas stations, drivers are not checking fluid levels of many major vehicle systems, as they should. These include motor oil, brake and power steering fluid, antifreeze, windshield washer fluid, and of course, transmission fluid.

If you park on the street or in different spaces everyday check for oil stains before and after you’ve parked there to see if you left any new one. If you have noticed there is a leak please feel free to bring your vehicle by one of our many location for one of our technicians to verify where the leak is coming from.

With all the heat the St. Louis area has seen this summer is it causing vehicles to work overtime therefore poorly maintenanced vehicles are breaking.  Just a couple minutes can save you a large repair bill. If you are not sure how to check your fluids please come by and we will teach you how.


One thought on “Importance of Checking Fluids During the Summer

  1. Randall Renner says:

    I drive a F150 Lariat. My drive gear went out when going to pass, so I took it to a mechanic friend of mine the next morning and he directed me to take it to Austin Transmission. With no appointment I drove truck to there Melville location. The manager Ron explained the mechanical problems it could be, with that he was able to give me a labor cost for repairs but without seeing the guts of the problem he wasn’t able to give me parts cost.
    I left truck and he keep me updated on where they were with finishing up transmission and the additional cost for parts.
    i had left my truck on a Tuesday and on the following Wednesday it was ready to pick-up. That is I believe with a weekend in that time a fast turn around for all the work for replacing a transmission.
    The warranty is for 100% of parts even tho not all were replaced. It called a unit replacement in place of repaired parts replacement.

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