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Transmission Flush Service

You know what really grinds our gears?

Bad transmission fluid, that’s what. Degraded transmission fluid can cause wear and tear — and even serious damage — to your car’s engine. Just like your car’s oil, transmission fluid breaks down over time. Which is why you may need a transmission flush.

How often do you need a transmission flush?

Express Oil Change & Tire Engineers recommends you change your transmission fluid every 30,000 miles or about every two years. Your owner’s manual will provide recommendations about how frequently you need to change your car’s transmission fluid. Regardless, if you notice any of the signs below that you may need a transmission flush, your local Express Oil Change & Tire Engineers team can help you decide if it's time to have this service performed.

How do you know if you need a transmission flush?

Signs you might need a transmission flush include:

  • Difficulty shifting

  • Roaring or grinding noises when you round corners

  • Gears slipping

  • Vehicle lunging or surging forward

  • Check engine light or transmission service light comes on

Occasionally, suspected transmission problems actually turn out to be other engine or fuel system problems. Before you spend unnecessary money, our skilled technicians can diagnose the problem and get you on the right track with the services you need.

What are the benefits of a transmission flush?

Regular transmission flushes can solve the problems listed above by removing debris and sludge that can damage the inside of your car’s transmission. They can also:

  • Improve your car’s overall performance

  • Extend the life of your vehicle

  • Improve shifting

  • Cut down on the heat produced by your transmission

  • Uphold your car’s regular maintenance schedule

Are transmission fluid change and transmission flush the same thing?

  • A transmission fluid change, which takes about 20-30 minutes, involves removing the transmission pan and cleaning out a portion of the old fluid which may have built up in the transmission. We then replace the old filter and pan gasket.

  • A transmission flush is a more comprehensive service in which we power-flush out old transmission fluid and contaminants with custom-blended chemicals. Fresh transmission fluid is then pumped into your system. This service typically requires 30-40 minutes. In addition, we also offer a 75-minute service that includes a full transmission flush, plus the replacement of your transmission filter and gasket.

Taking care of your car’s transmission is an important part of scheduled maintenance that will help keep your vehicle safe, extend its life, and ultimately protect your investment. Make an appointment or swing by your nearest Express Oil Change & Tire Engineers, and our experienced technicians will inspect your car’s transmission system to determine which service is the best option for your vehicle.