You’ve probably noticed that your vehicle needs a variety of different fluids to function. Transmission fluid may not get the same kind of attention as engine oil or even brake fluid, but it’s just as vital. When the time comes for your Honda to have its brake fluid exchanged, the extra care that it will receive at Honda of Champaign makes the drive from Mahomet or Urbana worth it.
The transmission in your vehicle has numerous moving parts that create friction. Transmission fluid keeps all these moving parts lubricated. If your Honda has an automatic transmission, the transmission fluid has two further roles. It helps transfer power to the transmission, for one thing. Also, automatic transmissions generate more heat than manual transmissions, and the fluid helps keep the transmission cooler.
Over time, transmission fluid can become contaminated. Small metal particles can begin to float around in the fluid, decreasing its ability to lubricate effectively. This will, in turn, decrease the lifespan of your transmission. In addition to becoming contaminated, transmission fluid can also degrade and break down over time, reducing its effectiveness. A transmission fluid exchange is much cheaper than getting a new transmission, so it’s well worth the cost.
You’ll note that we’ve only talked about a transmission fluid exchange, while several other mechanic’s shops will tout transmission fluid flushes. In a transmission fluid exchange, the technician working on your Honda will drain the old fluid and replace it with new transmission fluid. A transmission fluid flush is different. Mechanics who perform this service will use a special machine that pushes the old fluid out and replaces it with new fluid. This may sound good, but be warned! Transmission fluid flushes tend to cost more, and Honda has recommended against getting a transmission fluid flush. Instead, a standard transmission fluid exchange is what’s best.
Your Honda owner’s manual will have a schedule with recommended maintenance intervals; when the time comes for you to have the transmission fluid exchanged, head to Honda of Champaign. If you want to wait while your Honda is being serviced, you’ll love the complimentary snacks, flatscreen TVs, and coffee bar at our comfortable service lounge. If you’d rather drop your car off and go about your day, take advantage of our courtesy transportation shuttle. Scheduling your appointment online is easy, and we offer Saturday service hours. Head to Honda of Champaign today; we’re well worth the drive from Savoy or St. Joseph.