Switching gears is easier with a clean transmission
EDT Automotive, the engine decontamination specialist, is encouraging garages to advise their customers of the benefits of keeping their vehicles’ transmissions clean. According to managing director David Holmes: “There are plenty of fluids running throughout your vehicle, each one working to keep the car in running condition. One of the most important fluids to keep track of, however, is your transmission fluid.
“This type of oil serves as the coolant and lubricant for your transmission gears, ensuring they operate smoothly during each gear change, as well as keeping them from seizing and overheating. Transmission fluid’s specific viscosity is the key to better cleaning and lubrication. As the fluid circulates through your vehicle’s parts it gathers dirt and metal shavings, which drastically alters the fluid’s viscosity over time.”
According to EDT Automotive, transmission oil can deteriorate through the ‘hard’ use of vehicles: hauling heavy loads, frequent stop-and-go city driving and trailer towing all help to accelerate the deterioration of transmission fluid.
Each of these driving situations increase the transmission’s operating temperature, putting more pressure on the transmission and its fluid.
“If you do a lot of driving under high-stress conditions, check the transmission level more often,” advises Holmes.
“Transmission fluid is usually red, but it can come in different colours, and, as it deteriorates, it turns a shade darker.”
According to EDT, other signs of deteriorating transmission fluid include the following:
- Problematic shifting of gears. Fluid with too much sludge or dirt can cause a sluggish transmission response
- Vehicle surging. If a vehicle’s transmission fluid is polluted with contaminants, the car may surge as the tainted transmission does not allow for adequate fluid flow
- Slipping gears. The transmission needs to develop enough pressure to remain in the appropriate gear, which is why dirty transmission fluid saps it of hydraulic power.
In the event that motorists notice their vehicles exhibiting one or more of these signs, it’s usually time for a transmission flush.
An EDT Automotive full transmission clean works better than a simple drain and replacement of fluid, as it reduces (and sometimes eliminates) the dirt, contaminants, and debris that build up over time.
Thorough cleaning with a flush – which introduces a bespoke conditioner and cleaner to the transmission – reduces the amount of contaminants, which results in less wear and tear, thereby lengthening the life of the component.
David Holmes concluded: “A smooth drive requires paying attention to your transmission fluid. Make sure your vehicle is always in good condition by prioritising regular transmission cleaning.”