BUMPER TO BUMPER

To service or not to service your transmission?

Apr 29, 2013, 9:20 PM | Updated: Apr 30, 2013, 4:37 pm

Should I service my transmission? This is the number one most frequently asked question on the Bumper To Bumper Radio Show as well as through the emails we receive every day. The questions surrounding transmission service exist because of the plethora of bad information in our industry in regards to Transmissions. Whether from overzealous oil suppliers, an automotive manufacturer in the business of selling cars, a well-intentioned industry expert who doesn’t know any better or some old school wives tales that no longer apply, most are misinformed about transmission service.

So where does the bad information come from? Transmissions are very much a specialty that frequently changes every half-decade or so with new technologies and those who truly understand the intricacies of transmissions are a very small minority. Most generalist automotive technicians who are happy to give advice on transmissions have barely seen the inside of a transmission and don’t know how and why transmissions work. If they have seen the inside of a transmission, it was decades ago on one they dissected in trade school. This would offer no practical experience for their basis of transmission recommendations.

Although misguided, I believe the public consensus has become not to service transmissions even though transmissions fail 4 to 1 over engines. Most vehicle owners have never bought a complete engine, but the average person buys a transmission every 7.5 years. Ironically, we service our engines 4 – 1 over our transmissions. With these statistics in mind, this seams backwards doesn’t it?

Its true, a bad transmission service is worse than not servicing your transmission at all. However, a properly performed regular transmission service is your best defense against ever having to buy the unwelcomed transmission. Regardless of the manufacturers questionable recommendations, someone qualified to do so should service your transmission every 2-3 years at minimum. With the changes in technologies, this recommendation will again change at some point, but as a guide it works for now letting you know it shouldn’t be ignored.

With this being said, each vehicle and transmission are unique and there is not a one size fits all way about doing things. The specifics of your transmission service need to be understood. For more information about the specifics for your transmission, email us at bumpertobumperradio.com and a seasoned transmission technician will identify your needs, but also someone qualified to perform your next transmission service.

Join co-hosts, Matt Allen and Dave Riccio on Bumper to Bumper Radio, Arizona’s top automotive show heard every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. right here on News/Talk 92.3 KTAR. Call in with your questions at (602) 277-5827. You can also reach us 24/7 at bumpertobumperradio.com for the best partners, products and advice!

Bumper to Bumper

KTAR Newsroom

Bumper to Bumper Radio to appear at Glendale library to answer your car questions

Bumper to Bumper hosts and a local car expert are ready answer any and all car questions on Saturday at a local library!

10 years ago

Dave Riccio, Bumper to Bumper Radio

Which cars are the best?

It never fails when you’re in the automotive repair business or much more likely when you’re the car guy on the radio. Everyone’s first question at the backyard BBQ once they find out what I do is “what kind of car is the best?” I have never come up with a good answer for this […]

10 years ago

KTAR Newsroom

Summer tire blowouts could be lack of maintenance

Most times of the year, when cruising the Valley freeways you see them, usually more so in the summer months.

10 years ago

Dave Riccio, Bumper to Bumper Radio

Ever have your auto shop fix the wrong noise?

I do want you to be well advised when it comes to taking your vehicle to the shop for repairs.

10 years ago

Dave Riccio, Bumper to Bumper Radio

Are you familiar with ‘Snake Oil?’

Have you ever heard the story about the engine that could easily run on water?

11 years ago

Dave Riccio, Bumper to Bumper Radio

How do you find great auto repair?

Matt Allen and I often contemplate on what is the best way to advise the public on how to pick a great automotive service and repair shop. We don’t want consumers to be taken advantage of when purchasing a product that frankly, most don’t understand. At the same time, consumers need to understand that auto […]

11 years ago

Sponsored Articles

...

Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Beat the heat, ensure your AC unit is summer-ready

With temperatures starting to rise across the Valley, now is a great time to be sure your AC unit is ready to withstand the sweltering summer heat.

...

Midwestern University

Midwestern University Clinics: transforming health care in the valley

Midwestern University, long a fixture of comprehensive health care education in the West Valley, is also a recognized leader in community health care.

...

DISC Desert Institute for Spine Care

Sciatica pain is treatable but surgery may be required

Sciatica pain is one of the most common ailments a person can face, and if not taken seriously, it could become one of the most harmful.

To service or not to service your transmission?