5 Signs Your Car Needs a Transmission Flush
As mentioned in our previous blog, transmission flushes are a great minor maintenance task to have performed on your car to prevent major repairs. In most cases, getting a flush every 30,000 miles will be sufficient but in some cases, you will need to have this done sooner. If you are not sure when you will need to get this repair done, there are five common signs to look out for that are indicators you will need a transmission flush. No matter what kind of car you have whether it’s a Mercedes, Porsche, or BMW vehicle, these five signs are things you should keep an eye on.
Transmission Grinding or Strange Noises
If you are wondering if your transmission is contaminated with dirt, sludge, and grease you will notice that it will show symptoms similar to inadequate levels of transmission fluid. One of these signs is if you start to hear grinding or strange noises while driving. If you hear a strange noise then you will need to get a transmission flush and to make sure of this pullover and check the fluid level while the car is running by making sure the fluid color on the dipstick is bright red. If the color is brown or black then you will need a flush.
Problems Shifting Gears
If your transmission fluid contains a lot of dirt or sludge then you may have problems shifting gears as these contaminants will cause a sluggish response to the transmission. This sluggish response will result in your car changing gears too quickly or too late while driving. If you notice that this starts to happen to you while you drive, we recommend you call a professional repairs shop immediately for a flush.
When a transmission is too dirty, contaminants can interfere with the flow of fluid that helps develop pressure to hold appropriate gears while operating a vehicle. If you notice that your gears are starting to slip but the fluid levels are normal then you most likely have dirt and sludge built up in your transmission that needs to be flushed out.
Surging Of The Vehicle
Another sign that you may need a transmission flush is if you begin to notice your car surge or jump, forward or backward for no reason. This is usually caused by an inconsistent flow of clean fluid that is needed to ensure smoother operations of the gears and other parts of the transmission system. This inconsistent flow is caused due to dirt and sludge that will need to be flushed out.
Delay in Movement
If your transmission fluid has dirt, sludge, or grease in it then you will notice your vehicle stalling for a couple of seconds before moving after switching gears. If this happens then a transmission flush will help stop this from happening.