When to Get Your Transmission Flushed

TransmissionTransmission flushes are critical in keeping your vehicle running in the best condition possible. However, drivers in the areas of D’Iberville, Gulfport, and Hattiesburg might be wondering how often they need to have this preventive maintenance service done.

On this page, we at Pat Peck Kia will answer that crucial question as well as several other common questions about transmission flushes. Read ahead to learn more!

When to Get Your Transmission Flushed

Vehicle Inspection

How often you need to have your transmission flushed can vary depending on the make, model, and year of your vehicle. However, most vehicles need to have their transmission flushed about every two years or around every 30,000 miles.

There are several factors that can reduce this time, though. If you frequently tow heavy loads, take your vehicle off-roading on tough terrain, or spend a lot of time in stop-and-go traffic, it’s likely that you’ll need to have your transmission flushed more frequently than every two years.

Signs that Your Transmission Needs to Be Flushed

Thankfully, it’s easy to spot when your transmission needs to be flushed, whether it’s on the manufacturer recommended service schedule or not. It’s likely that you need to have your transmission flushed soon if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Weird noises, like grinding, coming specifically from the transmission
  • Delayed response from the transmission when you shift gears
  • Frequent slippage between gears without you shifting
  • Difficulty or inability to shift from one gear to another especially out of neutral
  • Feeling of surging forward or falling backward while you’re driving

These are the most common symptoms that you’ll see of a transmission that needs to be flushed. However, regular transmission inspections are still recommended in case the transmission doesn’t exhibit symptoms, but still needs to be flushed.

How a Transmission Flush Works

Transmission Fluid

A transmission flush is fairly self-explanatory. It involves flushing all the old oil out of the transmission in order for it to be replaced with new transmission oil. However, this process also includes cleaning the transmission if necessary.

Cleaning the transmission is important because many different types of debris can get caught throughout the transmission. If this debris gets too built up, it can prevent the transmission from running properly.

So, after the old oil is drained from the transmission, new oil will go into the transmission along with cleaning solution. Then, the vehicle will be run for a minute or two to circulate the oil and cleaning solution.

Ready for Your Next Transmission Flush?

We at Pat Peck Kia hope that you got all the information you were looking for about transmission flushes right here in one of our many informational resources. If you still have questions, one of our knowledgeable service technicians would be happy to offer further assistance.

If you think it might be time for your next transmission flush, you can schedule your service appointment over the phone. Drivers in the areas of D’Iberville, Gulfport, and Hattiesburg can also stop by the service center any time to speak with our service professionals!