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.