Is Your Transmission Harming Your Fuel Economy?

By All Auto Staff - September 3rd, 2018 in Uncategorized

Transmission Harming Your Fuel Economy?

Plenty of things contribute to a loss of fuel economy like worn engine seals, dirty fuel injectors, MAF sensors, or carburetors, but we often overlook the drivetrain components as possible contributing factors. Make no mistake about it, every component of your powertrain plays a role in efficiency. If your transmission isn’t shifting right overall fuel economy will inevitably suffer.

It All Comes Back to Dirty Fluid

When internal parts aren’t properly lubricated they overheat, grind, clog, and ultimately fail. Your engine might produce your vehicle’s power, but your gearbox is responsible for getting that power to the wheels. If it’s having to fight through hot, metallic sludge while constantly shifting at high RPMs, the laws of physics dictate your engine MPG suffer as a result.

When Dirty Becomes Too Dirty

Fluid behind modern automatic transmissions has to be thin for it to work. Gears and torque converters operate within small tolerances of each other; but if your MPG’s are suffering, chances are you’ve already damaged internal components. What happens when if it’s too late for a simple fluid change and a complete rebuild is required?

Scotty Kilmer has some good advice: your torque converter may only be relying on the dirty fluid and borrowed time as it is. Additive gear oils are a useful band-aid, but will usually only give you enough time to allocate money for a rebuild.  The good news is All-Automatic Transmission is no stranger to affordable, quality rebuilds.

If your transmission is acting up, Give Us a Call Today for a free diagnosis and repair estimate. Gas prices aren’t getting any cheaper! So, let us keep your transmission running well with regular fluid changes every 50-60K miles.

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