Few automotive components are as critical, or as expensive, as your transmission. Whether you prefer the sportiness of a manual transmission or favor the convenience of an automatic, you need to care for your vehicle the right way.

Caring for your transmission means following the recommended maintenance schedule, but it also means watching out for the early warning signs of a looming problem. As the driver, you know when something just does not seem right, and bringing your vehicle in for repairs early is the best way to avoid further damage.

Checking Your Transmission Fluid

You can tell a great deal about the internal workings of your transmission by checking the condition of the fluid inside. Just like your engine oil, your transmission fluid has its own *dipstick, so take a minute to locate it and find out what it has to say.

Once you have located the transmission fluid dipstick, keep the engine running and park on a level surface. Pull the dipstick out and check the level, topping off the fluid if necessary. Smell the transmission fluid and note the aroma – it should smell clean, with no burnt odor. The fluid should be red, with no dark spots or flecks of metal. If you see any problems with the transmission fluid, it is time to schedule a diagnosis with the experts at Motor Works Auto.

How a Quality Flush Can Protect Your Transmission

Even if your transmission fluid looks and smells normal, it is important to perform preventative maintenance to keep the system running the way it should. Flushing the transmission by removing all the old fluid and replacing it with new is one of the best things you can do to extend the life of the system, but you need to make sure this service is done properly.

If the flush and fill is not done properly, you could actually damage your transmission, but Motor Works Auto can perform this vital service the right way. We take the time to flush the transmission completely, then we refill it with quality fluid, check for leaks and ensure the integrity of the system.

Your Dealership Alternative

Keeping your transmission running like new is not always easy, and having the service done at the dealership can be expensive. As your dealership alternative in the Central Minnesota region, Motor Works Auto can save you both time and money.

We service all makes and models, and we specialize in European vehicles. You can rely on us to protect your transmission and keep you moving forward. Just stop by or give us a call today to schedule your next transmission service.

*Not all vehicles have a transmission fluid dipstick to check the fluid.