Here at Key Cars, our service center is able to keep your car, truck or SUV in great shape from headlamps to the exhaust pipe. One important area we cover is your vehicle’s transmission. 

On this page, you’ll learn why it’s important to maintain a healthy transmission along with ways to spot any signs of trouble. By the end, you’ll be able to hit the streets of Milford, Manchester, and Middletown with a lot more confidence!


Vehicle Transmission

What Is a Transmission?

Next to your engine, your transmission is perhaps the second-most important mechanism found inside your vehicle. Without it, you literally wouldn’t be able to move down the road.

Essentially, your transmission’s job is to accurately transfer energy from your engine to your vehicle’s wheels. It does this via a complex system of interlocking gears. If you’re like most American drivers, you probably rely on either an automatic or CVT transmission that can handle the bulk of the work for you.

Some drivers prefer a manual transmission, which allows you to control the gears from inside the cabin. Whichever setup you have, each type uses transmission fluid to lubricate the gears and keep the internal parts from overheating.


Shifting Gear

3 Signs You Need Transmission Service near Me

If you recently asked, “where can I service my vehicle’s transmission?” you might have noticed at least one of the following warning signs:

  • Delayed Acceleration
  • Gear Slippage or Grinding
  • Unable to Reverse

The moment you notice any of these warning signs, immediately head over to one of our service centers to avoid an inconvenient breakdown.


Checking DipStick

How Often Do You Need to Check Your Transmission Fluid?

You should always make it a priority to check your transmission fluid levels every 30,000 to 60,000 miles.

If you drive a manual transmission, you might want to check on a more frequent basis.  This also is true if you regularly tow heavy loads or use your vehicle for activities like off-roading.

The good news: Our certified technicians can quickly inspect your transmission and provide an accurate update on when you’ll need to schedule a full transmission flush.


Transmission Fluid Change

Can You Check Transmission Fluid from Home?

Luckily, checking your transmission fluid is about as easy as checking your oil levels!

Find a level spot to park your vehicle, preferably in the shade. Turn on the engine and allow it to run for a few minutes. Then, with the car in Park, pop the hood and look for the transmission’s dipstick. Typically, the handle will look like a small hook. If your vehicle is front-wheel drive, the hook will be located towards the front of the engine. Rear-wheel drive vehicles place the hook closer to the windshield.

Using a shop rag or paper towel, carefully remove the dipstick from its holster. Take notice of the fluid’s color and scent. Healthy fluid is odorless and appears either pinkish or translucent in color. Wipe the stick clean before returning it to the holster.

Remove the stick again and this time take note of the current fluid level by using the markers towards the bottom of the stick. 


Schedule Transmission Service at Key Cars

If you’re a driver near the Milford, Manchester or Middletown areas in need of transmission service, we’re ready and waiting to assist.

Simply call, drop by during service hours or go online to schedule an appointment that best fits your busy schedule!


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