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What Is a Gear Oil & Lubricant Changes service?

Lube Stop’s Gear Oil & Lubricant Changes service is the replacement of the gear oil and lubricant that protects your vehicle’s vital components.  This includes your gears, bearings, transmissions, industrial gearboxes and more.

If your gear oil and lubricant is dirty or contaminated, it doesn’t circulate as well as it should.  That’s why you have it changed or flushed.

Lube Stop provides this service as needed.  To determine if it is needed, we look for signs that the fluid is dirty or contaminated.  So, a visual inspection to detect pollutants or leaking is done.  Following that, Lube Stop also inspects for slippage of the transmissions, abnormal arrangement of the gears inside the gearbox, or unnecessary noise from the gearbox.  If they are present, we recommend replacing the fluid to the customer.  If the customer agrees, then we proceed with the Gear Oil & Lubricant Changes or Flush service.

So, always bring any indicators of trouble to the attention of our Lube Stop technicians.  These include signs of leaking fluid, locked gears, grinding noise, difficulty braking, or odd gas pedal behaviours.  From there, we will trouble shoot and determine if you need to change or flush your oil.

We do all this so you can enjoy the benefits of a reliable engine.

What is Gear Oil and Lubricant for?

Gear oil and lubricant is a high viscosity oil made specifically to lubricate transmissions, transfer cases and the gearbox system.  Depending on the grade of oil, different amounts of organosulfur compounds are present in the oil.  Some oils contain additives such as corrosion control.  It is important to consult with an expert to find out the recommended oil for your vehicle.

In most cases, manual transmissions or rear differentials have two plugs; one plug is to fill the gear oil, called ‘fill plug’, and the other to drain the oil, known as ‘drain plug’.  In many situations, a Lube Stop technician can remove the fill plug and inspect the level and condition of the gear oil through the fill hole.  Usually, the gear oil must be on the same level with the fill hole.  If it’s lower, it will need to be topped up.  If the gear oil looks dirty or metal particles and shavings are presented, it should be changed.  In many vehicles, the drain plug has a magnet attached to it.  Whenever the gear oil is changed, the magnet must be cleaned from metal shavings before re-installing.

While some manual transmissions now use automatic transmission fluid (ATF), most manuals use a variety of fluids for the optimal engine and gear function.  Gear oil isn’t the same thing as ATF, and knowing the differences can make or break your car.

ATF Basics

  • ATF is a complex fluid full of lubricants and detergents that keep the transmission running smoothly with minimal wear.  It also works as a hydraulic fluid for power steering systems and some 4WD cases in automatic cars.
  • Along with lubricant and detergent, ATF also contains a combination of additives including anti-wear additives, additives that block rust and corrosion, dispersants and surfactants that protect and clean metal parts in a transmission, kinematic viscosity and viscosity index improvers, seal swell additives that increase rotational speed and temperature range, anti-foam additives, anti-oxidation compounds, cold-flow improvers, high-temperature thickeners, gasket conditioners, pour point depressant, and some form of petroleum dye.
  • To distinguish ATF from gear oil in a pinch, remember ATF is a much thinner fluid and is usually coloured red or green.

Gear oil basics

  • It works to lubricate and prevent corrosion in a manual transmission.
  • Because manual transmissions experience high friction during gear changes and clutch press-and-release, gear oil has additives of sulfur-bearing anti-wear compounds.  This gives gear oil a distinctive, strong smell.
  • Gear oil is also thicker than ATF because it serves mainly to lubricate the gearbox, transfer cases, and differentials.

Incorrectly using ATF in a manual transmission or gear oil in an automatic transmission can severely increase the wear and tear.  ATF does not have the thick lubrication qualities needed in a manual gearbox, and gear oil does not contain all the additives needed to smoothly run an automatic transmission.

When choosing the lubricant best for your vehicle’s gear set, three factors need to be considered.  First, the viscosity is very important.  Then the additives affecting performance.  And finally, the base oil type will depend on the gear type and the normal operating conditions.

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Why Do I Need a Gear oil & Lubricant Changes service?

The Gear Oil and Lubricant Changes service is the replacement, changing or flushing of your vehicle’s gear oil and lubricant.  You need to do this to avoid any damage to the gearbox and transmission system.  Clean gear oil helps your vehicle’s gearbox and transmission system deliver lots of benefits.  For example, it allows for reduced internal damage, safe braking, and a safer ride.

We do these oil changes so that our customers can avoid problems with their car, truck, or SUV.  The gear oil is an important maintenance item responsible for ensuring your engine works well.  This is because when oil is clean it does its job better.  For example, it protects the vehicle from contaminants that can cause major damage to the gear box and transmission.

So, it is fair to conclude that dirty, contaminated gear oil and lubricant is NOT something you want to ignore.

That’s why we check the gear oil and lubricant every visit.  We need to make sure that it is clean and functioning as it should.  We understand that it costs a little in the short run to change this fluid out.  But it saves a lot in the long run.

How Often Do I Need It?

The oil should be checked each time you have service with Lube Stop.  And, of course, we should check it anytime you have observed issues.  Your owner’s manual will also advise you to do it at various intervals.  Please check your manual.

Also, lean on us at Lube Stop for advice.  We use a system of processes called Precision Based Recommendations to help investigate a vehicle’s overall condition.  This system of inspection and trouble shooting helps us get a clearer picture of your car, truck, or SUV as it stands, today.  That is because it removes the guess work.  Learn more about this system below.

Can Lube Stop do the Trouble Shooting?

Lube Stop employs the best technicians and mechanics in this service area.  These technicians are more than qualified to help inspect the issues and make recommendations to problem solve.

Which Towns and Cities are in our Fast Lube Service area?

Our lube shop & tire service area includes the following towns and cities listed below.

  • Blackfalds, Alberta
  • Clive, Alberta
  • Bentley, Alberta
  • Red Deer, Alberta
  • Ponoka, Alberta
  • Millet, Alberta
  • Rimbey, Alberta
  • Alix, Alberta
  • Penhold, Alberta
  • Benalto, Alberta
  • Hobbema, Alberta
  • Delburne, AB
  • Bluffton, Alberta
  • Innisfail, Alberta
  • Lousana, Alberta
  • Bashaw, Alberta
  • Leslieville, Alberta
  • Wetaskiwin, Alberta
  • Stettler, Alberta

Context for these Services

Your vehicle uses an internal combustion engine.  This engine uses the combustion of fuel to power almost everything.  This is done when fuel alongside an air oxidizer and spark plugs creates a working fluid flow circuit inside a combustion chamber.

In your internal combustion engine, the expansion of the high-temperature and high-pressure gases produced by combustion applies direct force to some component of the engine.  The force is applied typically to pistons, turbine blades, rotors and nozzles.  This force moves the component over a distance, transforming chemical energy into useful work.

Typically, your combustion engine is fed with fossil fuels like natural gas or petroleum products such as gasoline, diesel fuel or fuel oil.  Your engine is the hub for many things, including those listed below.

  • combustion chamber
  • cylinder head
  • camshaft
  • set of spark plugs
  • valvetrain
  • valves
  • rocker arms
  • pushrods
  • lifters
  • fuel injectors
  • pistons
  • connecting rods
  • engine block
  • crankcase
  • crankshaft
  • timing system
  • timing chain

All these work in unison to power all the other systems within your vehicle.  Without a fully functioning engine, everything else suffers.  So, let us at Lube Stop keep your engine functioning and everything else that relies on it.

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