In an effort to save money and transmissions, the Automotive Shop enacted a program to extend the life of all Univesrity-owned vehicles. The shop uses a machine for reconditioning the transmission fluid in all vehicles. Using a pump, the machine sucks out all of the vehicle's fluids, filters all of the corrosive and metallic materials out, and pumps the cleansed fluid back into the transmission. All parts that are associated with transmission fluid receive this revived fluid. The restoration of the fluid cuts the amount of work time needed to repair failed parts due to excessive wear, replacement fluid cost, fluid disposal cost, and saves on the life expectancy of the vehicles.
Grounds vehicles are synonymous for having transmission issues due to the fact that their trucks are used for the most grueling tasks. In the winter, they are put in and out forward and reverse for hours on end while in 4-wheel drive plowing.In the spring they are hauling bark mulch around campus to all of the flowerbeds. In the summer, soil amendment and watering are top priorities and the vehicles are forced to haul large amounts of weight. Fall brings the leaves to the ground and the vehicles are constantly in stop and go motion to keep all the leaves out of the drains and off the greens.
Since the Automotive Shop has been using this machine since 2001, there has been a significant reduction in transmission failures. At an average cost of over $1,500 per transmission, this translates into an enormous savings. This also means that the grounds department is able to keep its vehicles on the road working to keep the campus clean and safe for travel.