Back in the '60s and '70s (you may need your Wayback Machine to remember) most automatic transmissions were 3 speeds. That is, they shifted into 3 different gear ratios. Today's cars have 4, 5, 6 and even 8 and 10-speed automatic transmissions. We also have Continuously Variable Transmissions or CVT's, which never shift, but instead continuously change gear ratios on a variable scale. You might compare it to how a dimmer switch on a light fixture works. It is variable in the sense that you can go from a very dim light to a very bright light by simply turning a knob or sliding a lever - you don't have to shift to specific, set points.
"The fact is that no matter what type of transmission you have, they all need servicing. The real question is: What is the best practice for servicing a transmission?"
Bad Practice or Best Practice?
Since the advent of fast lubes, it’s become popular to simply "exchange" the old fluid for new fluid. This is NOT a best practice. At North Hills, we have made a conscious decision to NOT perform fluid exchanges. Instead, we believe it to be in the best interest of our customers - long term – to perform a transmission fluid and filter replacement. Removing the transmission oil pan and replacing the fluid, gasket and filter is more time consuming, but also removes the most contaminants from your transmission. To bring this home for you, consider what might happen if your engine’s oil was changed without replacing the oil filter. Doesn’t sound logical, does it? Replacing the gasket and filter along with the transmission fluid helps to keep the fluid cleaner, which extends the life of your transmission. That is our Best Practice.
"It's not uncommon for transmissions to cost upwards of $3,500.00 to replace. Let's make your transmission last as long as possible by servicing it often and correctly!"
Our service managers will be happy to discuss the benefits and cost of a proper transmission service with you. Call us today: