As a proactive rider, we should be providing routine maintenance to our bikes. Just like changing engine oil, transmission service should also be done regularly. It is essential to remember that sometimes there’s no clear warning sign until the problem reaches critical stage.
Transmission fluid difficulty is a problem that grows slowly and is considered as a silent villain. The liquid is a very important ingredient for a healthy transmission. Transmission fluid, just like oil, is a lubricant. Its purpose is to see to it that the various working parts of the transmission are not subject to damage. The fluid will keep the transmission both lubricated and cool. This is what good transmission fluid does. When the fluid goes bad, problems surface. Transmission fluid will see to it that the gears of transmission are not grinding against each other. When transmission fluid goes bad, it is not as easy to dissipate the heat being generated.
Here’s what a complete transmission service should include:
- removing and examining the sump or pan (where possible)
- replacing or cleaning the screen or filter
- cleaning the pan
- reinstalling the pan with a new pan gasket
- pumping out the rest of the old fluid and replacing it with new, high quality ATF
- adding a friction modifier or additive package (model specific)
The net result of changing the fluid is to improve the holding ability of the friction components, and reduced heat. It also restores the holding power between the clutches, reducing slip and heat production. So your transmission works better for years longer, which means you’re less likely to face a major transmission repair.
Here’s a tidbit of information many people don’t know: it is cheaper to change your transmission fluid that it is your motor oil. The engine’s oil has to be changed at least every 3,000 to 5,000 miles while the transmission fluid of cars does not have to be changed until 30,000 miles pass by. In fact, many automatic transmissions require maintenance at 60,000 miles. Clearly, oil changes are done a multiple number of times before you have to spend a penny on the transmission fluid.