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What is a Manual Transmission Fluid Changes service?

Lube Stop’s Manual Transmission Fluid Changes service is the replacement of the manual transmission fluid that lubricates various transmission components of your vehicle to achieve optimum performance.  In vehicles with manual transmissions, this fluid also acts as a coolant.  There are several types of transmission fluids, and the type used in individual cars and trucks depends on the type of transmission inside.  In addition to lubricating the transmission components, this fluid is used to clean and protect metal surfaces, condition gaskets, enhance cooling, and increase rotational speed.  Manual transmissions use a variety of oils: regular motor oil, heavyweight gear oil, or even automatic transmission fluid in some cases.  Your owner’s manual will tell you what your transmission calls for.

If your fluid 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 difficulty shifting gears, grinding or knocking engine noise, and steam or an odd smell rising from your hood.  If they are present, we recommend replacing the fluid to the customer.  If the customer agrees, then we proceed with the Manual Transmission Fluid Changes or Flush service.

So, always bring any indicators of trouble to the attention of our Lube Stop technicians.  These include signs of temperature gauge spikes, red or green fluid leaking under the car, strange engine odours and steam.  From there, we will trouble shoot and determine if you need to change or flush your fluid.

We do all this so you can enjoy the benefits of a reliable engine and transmission system that does not cease or break down due to extreme temperatures, corrosion, or wear.

What is manual transmission fluid for?

Manual transmission fluid is an optimized fluid specific for self-shifting or manual transmissions.  This fluid lubricates the transmission components such as valve operation, brake band friction, and the torque converter, as well as the gears.  In addition to lubrication, this fluid is used to clean and protect metal surfaces, condition gaskets, enhance cooling, and increase rotational speed.

Often, fluids also contain corrosion inhibitors.  This is because engines often contain a range of highly corrosive metals such as aluminum, cast iron, copper, brass, or solder.  A water pump seal lubricant is also added.

Checking transmission fluid is actually not so easy to do.  The gearbox is not easily accessible without equipment and there is no straightforward system such as an engine oil gauge for determining oil levels.  Checking the transmission fluid level requires working under the hood of your car with the engine running.  This can be very dangerous if you aren’t careful.  So, it’s best to get it checked at Lube Stop by a qualified technician.

They’ll avoid common mistakes like mistaking the transmission dipstick for the crankcase oil dipstick.  The transmission dipstick is more towards the back of the engine, near the firewall.  This is where the transmission is located on most cars with rear-wheel drive.  On cars with front-wheel drive, the transmission dipstick is usually located in the front of the engine, connected to the transaxle.

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Why Do I Need a Manual Transmission Fluid Changes service?

The Manual Transmission Changes service is the replacement, changing, or flushing of your engine manual transmission.  You need to do this so that your transmission maintains a lubricated system.  Clean fluid helps your vehicle’s transmission system deliver lots of benefits.  For example, it keeps the system running better, it prevents corrosion and it provides more heat to the cabin when needed.  But mostly it prevents your transmission from overheating due to friction.

We do these fluid changes so that our customers can avoid problems with the engine in their car, truck, or SUV.  The fluid is an important maintenance item responsible for ensuring your engine works well and doesn’t break down.  This is because when fluid is clean it does its job better.  For example, it protects the transmission system from contaminants that can cause major damage to the engine, water pump, radiator, hoses, and valves.

So, it is fair to conclude that dirty, contaminated fluid is NOT something you want to ignore.

That’s why we check the transmission fluid 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 fluid 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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