As a family owned and operated service center, our Done Right Auto Repair staff works hard to treat Boulder drivers like a part of the family, and that includes keeping you informed about some of the most important auto maintenance needs drivers tend to neglect—like transmission flushes. The transmission is one of the most important parts of your vehicle, seamlessly switching gears and keeping your car, truck, or SUV running smoothly and efficiently. But why do you need a transmission flush?
The short answer is to avoid transmission repair, but vehicles need transmission fluid flushes for the same reason they need oil changes: to clean out any grit or grime that has built up over time and replace any used transmission fluid with new, fresh quarts.
What is a Transmission Flush?
A transmission flush is just what it sounds like: the old transmission fluid is flushed out of your vehicle, cleaning solutions are run through it to clear out any debris, and fresh fluid is loaded into your engine.
This might sound a lot like changing your transmission fluid, but the flushing out of the old fluid by a professional grade machine is incredibly important to ensure your transmission can do its job well. On the other hand, a fluid change tends to only drain about 20-40% of the transmission fluid, using gravity to release some of the old fluid but failing to completely clean out your transmission.
Now, how often you need to flush your transmission will depend on the make and model of your vehicle—the easiest way to know is to check your manual—but we recommend every 25-30,000 miles. And when you visit Done Right Auto Repair for your transmission fluid flush, you can rest assured that we will use only manufacturer recommended fluids and replacement parts in every service, including your transmission flush.
Signs You Need a Transmission Flush
Some drivers are closely in tune with the performance of their cars, but even they can miss some issues that point to a necessary transmission flush. Take a look at some telltale signs and see if you’re in need of a flush:
Recommended Transmission Fluids
As with oil there are many different types and grades of transmission fluids, but some can actually cause damage to your car if it isn’t calibrated for it. Synthetic transmission fluids, for example, can cause parts of your transmission to degrade and need repair or replacement. It’s incredibly important to use the right fluids, not only so that your vehicle runs at peak performance but to keep you from needing costly transmission work.
The technicians here at Done Right Auto Repair are diligent and use only manufacturer recommended materials in all of our services, including transmission flushes.
Transmission Flush Cost at Done Right Auto Repair
We have three different services available at Done Right Auto Repair to help you care for your vehicle, depending on what you may need.
It may seem like the transmission fluid flush is expensive, but if you spend $30-40 on an oil change every 3,000 miles—like you should—your transmission costs about the same to maintain and can end up costing you so much more in repairs if it is not well taken care of. A full transmission flush is an investment in the longevity of your vehicle.