Flush Your Transmission in Five Simple StepsAugust 30, 2019 3:36 pm
Let’s be honest, we have all gone into the auto shop with what we think is a simple repair only to be hit with an astronomical bill and be left wondering “What the heck are they doing that costs so much?” The reality is that a lot of repair shops bank on the fact that they believe that you have no choice in the matter and that you lack the necessary knowledge to call them on their markups. The reality is that a lot of these repairs can easily be done for a fraction of the cost by most car owners with a bit of time and patience. One of the more simple DIY projects is replacing, or flushing your transmission fluid. Many auto shops insist on a full flush of fluid, but many mechanics believe that by forcibly flushing the fluid from your transmission, you could actually do more damage than good. If you want to learn more about how you can tackle this project yourself, get all the parts and advice you need right here at your local U Pull And Pay.
- Prep Your Vehicle
The first step in replacing your transmission fluid is to safely jack your car up off the ground. Start by finding a safe and level area and park your car, make sure to engage your emergency brake as well and to put a brick down on either side of the tires you will be keeping on the ground. Once you have safely parked and secured your vehicle on flat ground, slowly jack up your vehicle, making sure to attach your jacks onto secure mounts and sections of your vehicle.
- Remove The Pan Bolts
Once you have safely jacked your vehicle off the ground, you can crawl under your car or use a sliding dolly for easy access. Bring a large plastic container with you to catch the old transmission fluid. Slowly remove the pan bolts of your transmission and try to angle the old fluid directly into your plastic pan or container to cut down on cleanup.
- Clean & Replace The Transmission Fluid Filter
While you have your transmission open, make sure that you take the time to clean out the inside of your transmission pan. You don’t need to go overboard with this step, simply wipe out any remaining fluid with a clean rag and remove any debris or metal shavings that you find. You should then replace your transmission fluid filter with a new one. Make sure that you pick up the right filter as they can vary greatly from vehicle to vehicle. Once you have finished this step, simply reattach your pan with the pan bolts, making sure to not overtighten or strip these bolts, and replace your transmission fluid with new fluid. Overall, this project should take a few short hours and cost between $30-75 depending on your vehicle.
If you are tired of getting ripped off at auto shops, now is the time to take your car’s maintenance and health into your own hands. Come into your local U Pull And Pay today to get all the parts, tools, and expert knowledge you need to hit the ground running with your next DIY repair.
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This post was written by Jonathan Kling