How to Flush Transmission
The transmission is one of the most crucial parts of your vehicle. Without a functional transmission, your vehicle wouldn’t be able to get you around Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, and South Valley. That’s why it’s so important to take good care of your transmission with routine maintenance services like transmission fluid flushes. On this page, we at Jaguar Albuquerque will go over all the information you need to flush your transmission on your own as well as how to know when to get your transmission flushed!
When to Get Your Transmission Flushed
It’s recommended by most technicians and other service professionals that the fluid in your transmission be flushed about every 30,000 miles. For regular commuters, this would mean about every two years. However, there are several signs that you should watch out for that can indicate that your transmission needs to be flushed sooner rather than later. These include:
- Strange noises, especially grinding noises, coming from the transmission
- Difficulty or complete inability shifting from gear to gear
- Frequent slippage from gear to gear
- Unexplained surging forward or falling backwards when you’re driving
- Delayed response from the transmission after switching into a gear
If you’re experiencing one or more of these issues, it’s more than likely that your transmission fluid needs to be flushed. However, it’s always good to get a second opinion from an experienced technician before flushing your transmission fluid at home.
How to Flush Your Transmission Fluid
If you’re more of a DIYer, you’ll be happy to hear that you can flush your own transmission fluid at home. However, it’s a bit more involved than just draining the transmission fluid, which can leave up to half the fluid inside the torque converter. To do a full and successful flush of your transmission fluid, follow these easy steps:
- Find how much transmission fluid your vehicle needs inside your owner’s manual.
- Get a pan that’s big enough to fit that much liquid and place it under the transmission.
- Get under the vehicle, find the transmission, and open the drain plug with a socket wrench.
- While the fluid is draining, clean off the drain plug.
- Replace and tighten the cleaned drain plug after fluid has stopped draining.
- Get under the hood and remove the transmission fluid dipstick.
- Place a long funnel in the transmission fluid dipstick tube.
- Use the funnel to pour in the right amount of new transmission fluid.
- Locate the supply and return hoses that go between the cooling radiator and the transmission.
- Disconnect the supply hose and pull it off.
- Place a compressed air pump into the supply hose and pump low-pressure air into it—this will push what’s left of the old fluid out of the torque converter.
- Connect an appropriately sized hose to the supply hose and secure the other end of the hose into a bucket or pan.
- Turn the engine on and keep it running until all the old, dirty fluid is in the bucket and the fluid coming out of the hose is bright red. Be sure to continue pouring new fluid into the funnel in the transmission during this step to ensure that the transmission never comes close to running out of fluid.
- With the flush complete, disconnect the secondary hose from the supply hose, reattach the supply hose, remove the funnel, and replace the dipstick.
In Need of a Transmission Repair?
We at Jaguar Albuquerque are happy to provide helpful information resources like this to drivers all over the country. We’re also thrilled to extend our help even further to drivers in the areas of Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, and South Valley. Local drivers can count on us to help any time you’re in need of a transmission repair or any other vehicle service. Give us a call at our service center today to schedule a service appointment or to ask any questions you might still have about flushing your transmission!