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10/11/2016

Basic Information You Need to Know on Transmission System of Your Vehicle

Your vehicle relies on a lot of different components and systems to work correctly. Each of those systems has its own function and if one of those is not performing correctly your vehicle will not efficiently work. We tend to focus a lot on the engine but today we want to shine the spotlight on a different are: the transmission system.

What Is the Function of the Transmission System?

The transmission works to make sure that the right gear is in place at the right moment and facilitates the switch between them.  This function is similar to that on a bicycle. When the chain is not in place the bicycle cannot go and if it is in a higher position or gear it will be very difficult to start riding it again after a stop. Similarly to how the chain in a bicycle works  the transmission carries out this job and ensures that the right gear is in place to facilitate the rotation of the wheels and the movement of the vehicle.

The Importance of the Transmission Fluid

The transmission system of your vehicle relies heavily on transmission fluid to be able to complete its function.  It is the transmission fluid that works to both lubricate and maintain the transmission in good conditions. It protects the transmission from the scrape and wear of friction and assists in keeping temperatures at a safe range. It also helps to maintain the gaskets in good shape and improves the rotational speed.

Different Transmissions and Different Transmission Fluids

Not all transmissions systems are the same and in general, each vehicle has either a manual (stick-shift) transmission or an automatic transmission. Each transmission may vary slightly depending on the vehicle type (truck, car. mini-van), and model. That is why it is important to always check your owner´s manual what specific transmission type your vehicle requires. In fact, there are several different types and variations of brands and quality.

Automatic and Manual Transmission Fluid

Automatic transmissions and manual transmissions each require a different type of transmission fluid because their systems are different. Automatic transmission fluid also referred to as ATF, is much more common because of the popularity of automatic transmissions, but also because it tends to have more improvements. Besides lubrication and friction elimination, ATF has another important secondary task to complete. It carries an important job of cooling and maintaining safe temperatures inside the transmission. Some manual transmissions may be able to use ATF but it is something you need to check directly with your vehicle manufacturer.

Use Right Transmission Fluid and Choose the Best Quality

The best way to ensure that the transmission stays protected and in excellent conditions is to use the right transmission fluid and the best quality. AMSOIL offers the best transmission fluids for your vehicle and carries them for both manual and automatic transmission systems. Contact Austin Synthetics today at (650) 346-5605 and ask for the right transmission fluid for your vehicle.

4 Common Types of Transmission Fluids

  • Dexron/Mercon. For automatic transmissions, Dexron/Mercon transmission fluids are the most common. These are available in different levels of quality and contain modifiers that improve friction protection.
  • HFM fluids. These are Highly Friction Modified, hence the initials, and they do provide a better friction reduction. However, not all manufacturers demand this type of transmission fluid for their vehicles.
  • Hypoid gear oil. This is the type of transmission fluid that many manual transmissions use and it is very resistant to pressure and most temperatures.
  • Synthetic fluid. The most efficient type of transmission fluid available is synthetic fluid and it is available for both automatic and manual transmissions. It carries unbeatable friction and wear protection and has excellent resistance to all types of drastic temperature changes. It also protects against shearing and other dangers that the transmission pieces are exposed to.

When to Change the Transmission Fluid in Your Vehicle

Although they carry out similar tasks but in different systems, the transmission fluid does not need to be changed nearly as often as motor oil. There are in fact some newer vehicles that come with an almost lifetime transmission fluid but it is still wise to check that levels are safe and that it is replaced after a long period of use. Generally, this means that the transmission fluid should get changed every 60,000 to 100,000 miles. To read about what are some of the signs that you should look for if your vehicle is running low on transmission fluid, visit this page. 

Transmission Fluid, Synthetic Oil, and Other Great Products for the Performance and Durability of Your Vehicle

Whether you drive an automatic or stick-shift vehicle you need to protect the transmission and all other systems of your vehicle. Use quality transmission fluid and synthetic oil to prolong the durability and performance. Contact Austin Synthetics today at (650) 346-5605 and experience great improvements when you use AMSOIL products. 
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