Servicing Transmissions in a Fast Lube Operation

by Scott Morrison, City Garage

Many fast lube operators are trying to find additional maintenance or repair services to offer that will provide a legitimate, needed service to the customer while increasing car counts and average tickets for the operator. One of the most obvious service additions is transmission maintenance services, including filter changes and transmission fluid flushes. Many operators have shied away from this service due to potential liability, time constraints, and technology barriers.

In the 1990's the industry saw many automobile manufacturers do away with transmission dipsticks that prevented the car owner and aftermarket service providers from easily checking transmission fluid levels and testing transmission fluid condition. This practice continues in the U.S. auto industry today.

The typical car owner is not aware of the need or the auto manufacturer's requirement to service the transmission in their car. Unless they are told otherwise, it will not be properly serviced until it is too late - and that lack of proper maintenance will greatly shorten its useful life. Checking transmission fluid levels and fluid quality, and replacing when needed, is one of the most important steps to maintaining a smooth shifting transmission that will provide trouble-free operation for thousands of miles according to the Automotive Oil Change Association based in Chicago, Illinois.

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September 2014

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• iFLEX 2015: Save the Date



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