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Your transmission is one of the most complex and important pieces of machinery inside your vehicle. It’s what transfers thepower from your engine into the torque that spins your wheels. Whether you drive an automatic or manual, regular transmission inspections are vital to the health and longevity of your vehicle–that's why many vehicle manufacturers recommend regularly scheduled transmission service.
With more than 1,800 Firestone Complete Auto Care locations across America, we're never far away. When you need a transmission service–or anything else–bring your car, truck, or SUV in. No appointments are necessary, and most locations are open seven days a week.
Firestone Complete Auto Care's expert auto technicians can take care of all your vehicle transmission needs and keep your car functioning at peak performance.
Your vehicle's transmission is a complex system of gears powered by the engine’s flywheel. The transmission basically moves between gear sets to either increase or decrease the torque and speed output on your wheels. This change between gear sets is known as “shifting gears.” On an automatic transmission, this action is performed without direct input from the driver, thanks to a torque converter. On a manual transmission, the driver must use a clutch when shifting gears. There are even other types of transmissions such as continuously variable transmission (CVTs), automated manuals, torodials and more.
The transmission system is essential to a functional vehicle. Without it, you simply can’t go anywhere. Yet roadside breakdowns due to transmission trouble happen more often than you may think. In general, automatic transmission repairs are more complicated, as they involve more intricate parts than manual transmissions.
Help avoid having to repair or rebuild your transmission by getting routine transmission fluid exchanges from Firestone Complete Auto Care. Clean transmission fluid is necessary for both manual and automatic transmissions, as it both cools and lubricates the interlocking gears for seamless gear shifting. In automatic transmissions, transmission fluid serves the added purpose of using hydraulic pressure to shift the gears automatically.
Transmission inspections and fluid exchange intervals vary between vehicle models and transmission types. Generally, you should consider servicing your transmission every 24,000 to 36,000 miles—or roughly every two to three years.
Check your owner’s manual for an exact recommendation, or contact your nearest Firestone Complete Auto Care for maintenance service tips. Our expert expert technicians know your vehicle manufacturer's recommended maintenance schedule so you can get the right service for your vehicle. It's part of the Firestone Triple Promise.
Following your manufacturer-recommended service intervals for transmission fluid is important in helping keep transmission fluid clean and free of debris. Over time, the additives in transmission fluid that lubricate, cool, and clean the gears eventually wear out. When this happens, debris (like tiny metallic compounds shed from worn gears) can be freed to wreak havoc on transmission parts. The fluid can also lose its ability to cool and lubricate, leading to clunky gears and potential damage.
When you get your transmission serviced at your local Firestone Complete Auto Care, you have a few options to fit your needs. All fluid exchanges are made according to the fluid specifications recommended by your vehicle manufacturer.
We drain the old fluid residing in your transmission pan and replace it with fresh fluid.
We exchange the old fluid in the transmission system and replace it with new fluid filled with anti-friction additives.
We exchange the fluid, as well as a new pan gasket and filter which comes with our 6-Month/6,000-Mile warranty.
We also perform drain and fill services for manual transmission vehicles according to manufacturer specifications.
Is it time for a transmission inspection or maintenance service appointment? Look for these signs of transmission trouble.
If you notice any of these symptoms or you've reached the manufacturer-recommended mileage point for a transmission service appointment, schedule a transmission service appointment at your nearest Firestone Complete Auto Care.