How to Flush Transmission

Flushing Your TransmissionThe purpose of transmission fluid is twofold: It lubricates the transmission, but it also transmits power from the engine to the driveline. Over time, the fluid can pick up dirt and debris. When this happens, the transmission could break down, as it isn’t as lubricated and cool as it should be.

That’s why you want to perform a transmission flush when needed, so the fluid can stay nice and clean. Our team at Land Rover Santa Fe will tell you how to flush the transmission, and when this should be done.

Read through our informative guide, and contact us if you need service near Santa Fe, White Rock, or La Cienega.

Steps to Flush Transmission

To perform a transmission flush, just follow this step-by-step guide…

  1. Start the engine until it warms up to a normal operating temperature, then shut it off.
  2. Place a wooden block behind one of the rear wheels to prevent it from spinning, then raise the vehicle up and secure it on jack stands.
  3. Locate the two transmission oil cooler lines. Refer to your owner’s manual if you can’t find them.
  4. Disconnect the lower transmission oil cooler line and position a drain pan underneath to catch the fluid coming out of the line.
  5. Pull the transmission dipstick out of the fill tube and insert a long, skinny funnel into the tube.
  6. Pour transmission fluid into the funnel. While this is being done, the old fluid will pump out of the transmission into the drain pan.
  7. Shut the engine off, then reconnect the transmission oil cooler line.
  8. Remove the funnel from the fill tube and insert the dipstick.
  9. Start the engine and check for leaks.

If there are no leaks, you can shut the engine off and lower the vehicle back down. You’ll then want to check that all the gears are shifting properly and that the fluid level is good.

When to Get Transmission Flushed

Replacing Transmission Fluid

The time to get a transmission flush varies by manufacturer. Some say it should be done every 30,000 miles, while others say it should only be done when necessary.

While the timeframe may vary, there are warnings you can look out for that’ll determine when a flush is needed. These include…

  • Slipping transmission: The transmission needs to develop enough pressure in order to stay in the appropriate gear. If the transmission is too dirty, the fluid can’t flow properly, causing the gears to slip.
  • Change in color and odor: Transmission fluid should be bright red and odorless. If it’s brown or black and smells burnt, then it needs to be flushed out. Otherwise, it could greatly damage the transmission.
  • Strange noises from the transmission: When a transmission is filled with dirt, grease, or sludge, it may start to grind or make strange sounds. If that’s the case, then it may need a flush.

Schedule Transmission Repair Today

As you can see, a flush is necessary to keep your transmission healthy and performing well for a long time.

If your vehicle needs a flush or any type of transmission repair near Santa Fe, White Rock, or La Cienega, don’t wait. Schedule service at Land Rover Santa Fe today!