Frequently Asked Questions
How often should I service my transmission?
A complete service should be performed every 20,000 miles or every other year. You should maintain your Transmission the same way you do your engine although the service intervals are longer they are still necessary. This will keep your vehicle shifting smoothly and help prevent major repairs.
How can I make my transmission last longer?
Check the fluid level and condition periodically, repair any leaks or problems promptly, service the unit on a regular basis, and add an auxiliary cooler if the vehicle is used for towing, commercial, or high ambient temperature climates. Some units should have a shift kit installed.
What is a shift kit?
A shift kit is an after market service pack that has been researched and developed to compensate for design deficiencies discovered in a particular transmission. In most cases, the kit improves the quality of shifts, increases the internal pressure that operates the unit, and provides better lubrication.
My transmission started shifting erratically, do I need an overhaul?
Probably not. Most late model transmissions are computer controlled. Numerous sensors can cause a transmission to misbehave. Please bring your vehicle in to Smith Transmission Service, and we will be happy to diagnose the problem!
Can I drive with a transmission leak?
It depends on the rate of fluid loss. A minor or slow leak will allow you to drive as long as you maintain the level in the normal range. You will have to establish the rate of loss and replenish as necessary. It should be obvious that if fluid is running out as a stream, you won't get very far! A transmission will operate "normally" until the fluid loss is a quart or more. Then the unit will exhibit abnormal operating systems and internal damage is occurring. What started as only a leak can result in a major repair bill if ignored! Also watch out for fluid leaking on hot exhaust or the catalytic converter. That situation can easily result in a fire and a total loss of your vehicle. Worse yet, someone could get hurt or killed in this situation. So, for safety's sake don't start or drive your vehicle if it has a fluid leak that may start a fire. Get it towed in for repairs. A tow bill is cheap compared to your life or your health. Overall, your best bet is to bring it in and get the small problem fixed before the small problem turns into a big one!