Transmission Service & Clutch Replacement

Transmission Service & Clutch Replacement

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Learn More About Your Transmission Service And Clutch Replacement

The transmission is an important part of your vehicle that requires routine maintenance and repairs. What is a transmission? The transmission's main job is to enable the gear ratio between the drive wheels and engine, adjusting it as you slow down or speed up. There are two main types of transmissions, automatic transmissions, and manual transmissions. Whichever transmission your car has, make sure to learn how to best take care of it for a long-lasting driving experience.

Four Common Transmission Services

1) Automatic Transmission Fluid Exchange

Every transmission has fluid that runs through it, lubricating the gears along the way. This viscous fluid will eventually break down from the friction and heat that occurs as you drive. If left unchanged, the fluid will stop lubricating the parts, causing your transmission to suffer from damage. An automatic transmission needs to have its fluid changed about every 60,000 to 100,000 miles.

How is the fluid changed? This process starts with removing the drain plug and completely draining the old fluid. Once empty, new fluid is added, and the plug is inspected and reinserted.

2) Automatic Transmission Filter And Fluid Replacement

There is also a filter inside of the automatic transmission. This filter can also become dirty or damaged and require a replacement. If left unchanged, debris will stay in the fluid, making it break down or damage the transmission.

The process for an automatic transmission filter and fluid replacement starts with removing the transmission pan and replacing the dirty filter with a brand-new one. Then the gasket material is removed and replaced, and the transmission pan is reinstalled. Then a transmission fluid exchange is performed.

3) Manual Transmission Service

If you've ever driven stick, then you know the difference between a manual transmission and an automatic - the clutch. Because of this extra part to the transmission, it's recommended to have your manual transmission serviced every 30,000 to 60,000 miles.

What happens during a manual transmission service? First, the transmission fluid is drained and evacuated from the entire system, including the clutch. New transmission fluid is put back in, and the transmission plug is replaced. Then the clutch is inspected and replaced or repaired as needed.

4) Complete Transmission Service

A complete transmission service can be performed on either an automatic or manual transmission. It covers every detail of the transmission, which includes:

  • Transmission fluid replacement
  • Transmission filter replacement
  • Transmission sump and pan inspection
  • Transmission pan cleaning and material replacement (if needed)
  • Clutch inspection (if applicable)
  • Inspection for friction damage or metal particles

When Does My Clutch Need To Be Replaced?

As you drive your manual transmission, you may begin to notice some signs that your clutch needs to be replaced. Does your car make odd noises whenever you shift? Is it harder to accelerate? Does the clutch feel like it's sticking or spongy? If any of these are the case, you'll want to have your clutch inspected, repaired, or replaced. While simple, a clutch replacement does have quite a few steps.

Contact Audi McKinney To Schedule Your Transmission Service Or Clutch Replacement

Are you looking for a service center that can help with your Dallas - Fort Worth (DFW) area transmission service? Contact our Audi McKinney dealership. We'd love to take care of any new or used Audi vehicles in the McKinney, Allen, TX, or beyond area today!


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