Hauling heavy loads and towing around several thousand extra pounds adds severe strain on your engine, brakes, and transmission. The transmission will be working overtime, spending more time in lower gears. The internal transmission temperature will be much higher than normal. Sufficient fresh transmission fluid can help prevent the transmission from running too hot and give the protection needed to cope with the added stress of towing.
Transmission fluid breaks down and gets dirty over time. Whether you have an automatic or manual transmission, you need to have it serviced on-schedule to make sure the transmission runs efficiently.
An automatic transmission contains a maze of passages the fluid must pass through to continue smooth gear shifting. If transmission service is neglected, the passages can become obstructed and you will begin to experience problems. Neglect your transmission too long and this fundamental mechanism can fail, which can translate into major transmission repair costs.
Much of our driving is under severe conditions. Towing or hauling a heavy load is obvious, but many other things can constitute severe driving conditions like short trips, driving in extreme weather conditions, dusty roads, and high traffic city driving. Basically, any driving below highway speeds or in ideal conditions is considered severe.
While we inspect your transmission, ask for a road-trip inspection. Your service technician can check your belts and hoses and let you know about the status of other crucial items like your brakes.