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All right, here’s something that just might blow your mind: your car has a lot of components to it. A lot. Each element of your car is made up of dozens of smaller components that help everything work smoothly and properly. One such component is the transmission oil pan gasket. This piece is a pretty standard gasket that resides where the transmission oil pan connects to the automatic transmission. Feeling a bit lost? Let’s break it down a little bit further. Your car uses transmission fluid, which serves as both a coolant and lubricant for the transmission. The fluid is held in a reservoir known as the transmission oil pan, which sits directly below the actual transmission. A thick gasket between the pan and the transmission keeps the transmission fluid from flying out of the oil pan and being lost. If you’re thinking that’s an important task, then go ahead and pat yourself on the back because you’re right. Like most things in your car, the transmission oil pan gasket will occasionally wear out.
Transmission oil pan gaskets don’t need to be replaced often, and on some modern cars they’re not even part of the maintenance schedule (so if that’s you, then congratulations, you got off easy this time). Many cars, however, have the gaskets scheduled to be replaced after a certain number of miles. By replacing the transmission oil pan gasket on a schedule, you can ensure that the transmission stays healthy, and always has fully functioning components.
I’m sure you’re aware that leaks coming from your car aren’t a good thing. In fact, they’re pretty bad and usually a sign that something needs to be repaired or replaced. If the pool of fluid under your car is transmission fluid, it very well may signal a busted transmission oil pan gasket. The gasket’s sole job is to keep the transmission fluid from leaking, so if there’s a transmission fluid leak, the gasket is looking pretty darn guilty.
This one’s pretty simple. When your transmission fluid is leaking, you may find that your car is low on transmission fluid. As we’ve pretty thoroughly covered by now, the transmission oil pan gasket is responsible for keeping the transmission fluid from leaking out. If the fluid is low, then it’s escaping somehow, and your gasket is likely the culprit.
A lack of transmission fluid can lead to diminished transmission performance. Worse yet, a busted gasket can drip fluid onto the transmission wiring harness, causing all sorts of electrical issues in the transmission. You’ll notice these issues when driving. As is always the case, don’t just sit on your hands when your car starts acting up.Get a Quote 12-Month | 12,000-Mile Warranty
I have some serious questions for you if you made it through this article without realizing that your transmission oil pan gasket is extremely important. It keeps the transmission fluid contained, which gives your transmission the coolant and lubrication it needs. Do you know what it’s like to drive a car without sufficient transmission fluid? You don’t want to find out, and neither does your wallet. You know what to do.
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