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Why Should I Service My Transmission?

Why Should I Service My Transmission?

Keeping your car in excellent condition is crucial, especially when it comes to the transmission. At Wayside Garage, we recently serviced a 2016 Toyota Highlander for its 70,000-mile checkup. Among the services performed, the transmission service was particularly vital. Here's why servicing your transmission should be a priority.

Importance of Transmission Service

Your car's transmission is a complex system that requires regular maintenance to function smoothly. Our ASE certified technicians, emphasized the importance of bringing your car in every six months for an inspection. During these checkups, we sample the transmission fluid and check for any potential issues, such as leaks or necessary updates.

For the Highlander, we detected a minor pan gasket leak early on, which is a great example of how timely maintenance can prevent more significant problems. Regular transmission services typically include fluid exchanges, filter replacements, and sometimes updates or recalibrations.

Cost-Effectiveness of Transmission Service

Many car owners worry about the cost of transmission services, but as Jonathan points out, the expense is minimal compared to the cost of replacing an entire transmission. Transmission replacements can range from $5,000 to $12,000 or more, depending on the damage. In contrast, regular transmission services are far less expensive and help extend the lifespan of your vehicle.

At Wayside Garage, we recommend servicing your transmission every three years or 36,000 miles, whichever comes first. This proactive approach ensures that your vehicle remains in top condition, saving you from costly repairs in the long run.

Maintaining Vehicle Longevity

Regular maintenance is key to getting the most out of your vehicle. By following a comprehensive maintenance plan, you can ensure that your car remains reliable and efficient. For instance, Wayside Garage offers a maintenance plan that includes oil and filter services every 5,000 miles or six months, and comprehensive inspections annually.

Transmission services are part of this plan, scheduled every three years or 36,000 miles. This routine helps identify and address issues before they become major problems, ultimately prolonging your car's lifespan and maintaining its performance.

Why Choose Wayside Garage?

At Wayside Garage, we prioritize your vehicle's longevity and performance. Our ASE certified technicians are dedicated to providing top-notch service. We recommend bringing your car in for an inspection every six months, regardless of mileage, to ensure it stays in optimal condition.

For more details about our maintenance plans or to schedule a service, give us a call at 831-899-2425 or visit our website at Don't forget to check out our specials and subscription programs designed to make maintaining your vehicle more convenient and affordable.


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