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What Does Transmission Service Include?


Are you starting to notice jerking and stalling when your car shifts gears? Periodic transmission service is required to ensure that your vehicle will run smoothly and efficiently, with all components properly lubricated and in good working condition. A general inspection and replacement of the transmission fluid, filter and gasket will reveal minor transmission problems that can be fixed along the way. However, a lift inspection is needed to find major trouble, such as a pending transmission rebuild.

You may be wondering just what does transmission service include?

  • Replace Pan Gasket -- The pan gasket (located around the rim of the transmission pan) can get worn and cracked with the passage of time, leading to transmission fluid leaks. The gasket can be replaced quite easily is relatively inexpensive. If the current gasket is reusable (of high quality and not damaged), it may be possible to clean it off and simply put it back.
  • Cleaning and Removal of Grime -- All parts should be wiped free of any of the sludge or debris that has collected over time. This cleanup includes the transmission pan, gasket, sealing surface, transmission case, and any fluid that may have dripped on the exhaust system while performing the job.
  • Replace Transmission Filter -- Clogged or dirty transmission filters will cause undue stress and wear on a transmission. Replacement of this filter is important, and is relatively easy and inexpensive.
  • Transmission Fluid -- Significant sludge or grime buildup, a burnt smell or color of the existing fluid, or if your vehicle is overdue for transmission maintenance, may require a full flush.

Remember: A full transmission service should be performed every 30,000 miles or every couple of years, whichever comes first.

Need to know more about what does transmission service include? Contact our ASE Certified technicians at Kestner Automotive today for more information about a transmission rebuild and to schedule an appointment. Our auto shop proudly serves residents in Columbia, SC, and the surrounding area.

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