At Central Lube, we understand the importance of preventative car maintenance: small services performed at regular intervals to ensure that your vehicle continues to run smoothly for years to come. If your car is due for transmission service, don’t hesitate to contact us today at (919) 763-1377 (Clayton) or (919) 763-1378 (Smithfield), or visit one of our locations in Clayton and Smithfield, NC — you’ll only need to make a quick trip from Raleigh.
A vehicle’s transmission is the mechanism that allows it to switch between the gears that control the conversion of the engine’s power to speed. Gears with different ratios, or numbers of teeth, are needed at different speeds. This complex piece of machinery requires a lubricant to keep it running smoothly. Automatic transmission fluid is used in automatic transmissions, while manual transmissions can use a variety of oils. We can change both types.
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Since the transmission is one of the most complex parts of your vehicle, it’s more prone to failure. Proper preventative maintenance, such as a transmission flush, can make sure it’s running at optimal levels. Automatic transmissions run at a higher heat than manuals, so the fluid used tends to break down after time. The fluid in manual transmissions can become contaminated over time with metal shavings from the gears themselves, which decreases the fluid’s ability to lubricate the gears.
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Symptoms of manual and automatic transmission problems can include the following:
- The car refuses to go into a particular gear. Most common in manual transmission, causes for this problem include low or incorrect fluid.
- You can smell a burning smell from your transmission. This means it’s overheating, probably because the fluid is beginning to break down.
- Your car is noisy while in neutral. Whirring, clunking, and humming noises while driving are also common signals of problems.
- The “service engine soon” light is on. Of course, this can have causes other than the transmission, but a full vehicle inspection is always a good idea when the check-engine light comes on.
Preventative transmission maintenance is the key to avoiding costly replacements or repairs. Most manufacturers recommend changing transmission fluid every 30,000 to 45,000 miles. If your car is due for a tune-up, don’t hesitate to contact www.central-lube.com. In addition to servicing transmissions, we also replace windshield wipers, clean fuel injectors, and flush radiators, as well as offer oil changes. Contact us today by calling (919) 763-1377 (Clayton) or (919) 763-1378 (Smithfield), or visit one of our locations in Clayton and Smithfield, North Carolina, to ensure your transmission is running just the way it should be.