Launch UK’s important garage reminder of regular fluid and filter changes

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Launch UK, the leading supplier of ATF exchange equipment, is reminding technicians of the importance of carrying out regular fluid and filter changes at 75,000 miles, or 50,000 miles for vehicles used in arduous conditions.

The only practical way to carry out this service and ensure a 99% fluid exchange is by using dedicated equipment such as Launch UK’s CAT501S, a fully featured automatic transmission cleaner and fluid exchanger that provides a simple, hassle-free solution to changing transmission fluid.

Already popular with Land Rover specialists, the CAT501S has all the features necessary to ensure a fast and trouble-free fluid exchange, by restoring transmission function to the original smooth operation, while protecting the transmission from early and expensive failure.

The service requires no specialist transmission skills or knowledge and can be completed in around 20 minutes, providing aftermarket customers with a lucrative sales opportunity.

Some transmissions are electronically controlled to optimise shift quality and feel, with transmission fluid playing a major part and indeed now being regarded as a component of the transmission. Clutch slip controlled by solenoids allows the shift to complete jerk free in milliseconds, made possible using sophisticated ‘additive packs’ within the base oil, the contents of which are often a closely guarded secret. Therefore, it is best to use the original manufacturers fluid, or one specifically approved by them.

Over time the fluid and additives deteriorate, causing carefully engineered friction coefficients and viscosity to alter. This can lead to harsh engagements and rough or slipping shifts as the critical, controlled clutch slip no longer responds as designed. Ultimately, premature and expensive transmission failure is likely.

The CAT 501S comes with a straightforward menu driven interface and a full set of adapters, allowing connection to virtually all transmission types. Customers can also further benefit from Launch UK’s full back-up and technical support available on all Launch UK’s ATF machines, which includes on-site commissioning and user training as well as aftersales assistance from its technical experts.

Dave Richards, Launch UK managing director said: “The CAT501S is a proven machine with many examples successfully operating around the country. We’ve received some excellent feedback, which reflects just how well it cleans and exchanges transmission fluid, offering great results for our customers.

“Using the CAT501S along with a simple transmission maintenance schedule will keep optimum transmission performance, and help protect from failure.”