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Delicate Automatic Transmission Components That Require Regular Servicing

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If you are a car owner who prefers to get involved in the inner workings of a vehicle, you should opt for a model with a manual transmission system. Conversely, an automatic transmission is suitable for a driver who wants a car that is easy to handle in heavy traffic and less restrictive. An automatic transmission vehicle is easy to manage if you take care of the system's most delicate parts. Unfortunately, failure to service delicate components regularly puts a transmission system's performance at risk. This article highlights some of the most delicate components in an automatic transmission that require regular servicing.

Transmission Fluid 

The fluid performs the critical role of lubricating all moving parts of an automatic transmission system. Since an automated transmission system has several clutches and gears, debris from moving parts ends up in the transmission fluid since it has nowhere else to go. However, the impurities cause the transmission fluid to break down and reduce its effectiveness. In this regard, mechanics often advise car owners to have their transmission fluid regularly inspected. It is especially the case for motorists who drive long distances every day. Besides, regular inspections of automatic transmission fluid provide insight into the condition of related components. For instance, the presence of metal shavings on the fluid could indicate a worn-out clutch or gears. Consequently, you should initiate an inspection of essential components in the transmission system.

Torque Converter

Another delicate component in an automatic transmission system is the torque converter. The part replaces the entire clutch mechanism found in manual transmissions. Typically, the device slows down and stops a car while simultaneously allowing an engine to run. However, there can be premature wear if a torque converter is not serviced per the manufacturer's recommendations. Therefore, if you want a car to slow down or stop safely and efficiently, you should regularly have the torque converter inspected.

Impeller or Pump

The pump in an automatic transmission system supplies the lubricating fluid to various parts, including the turbine. The impeller is installed on the torque converter in automatic cars and rotates at the same rate as an engine's crankshaft. Under normal circumstances, the rotations are proportionate to keep up with the demand for transmission fluid throughout the system. However, a faulty impeller cannot effectively distribute the transmission fluid, impacting the performance of other parts. Regular servicing involving inspection of the rotating blades and hoses and related repairs helps maintain or improve transmission system performance.