Out of your many car essential fluids, transmission fluid should be in the top 3 list of most important. This fluid provides lubrication for your transmission components. And if you know a thing or two about cars, transmission parts are not cheap to replace. Therefore, regular transmission fluid maintenance, including flushes and changes, is vital in preserving the system's parts.
How Often Do I Need Change The Transmission Fluid?
The frequency depends on the type of car you drive and the transmission. However, according to most manufacturers' maintenance schedules, it is best to change this fluid every 30,000-60,000 miles for manual cars. In contrast, automatic transmissions may need it less often, at 50,000-100,000 mile intervals.
Your transmission fluid gets spoiled over time. And frequent stop-and-go traffic can cause it to wear down quicker. Additionally, towing and hauling weighty loads will cause the liquid to degrade sooner.
What to Note When Inspecting Transmission Fluid
You can also visually inspect the fluid for old, ineffective fluid symptoms.
- Color - Fresh transmission fluid is a bright red color. But if it looks too dark, then the fluid may require a change.
- Smell - The fluid naturally has a sweet scent. If it has a foul or burned smell, you need to replace your transmission fluid ASAP.
- Consistency - If you notice any debris or contaminants in the fluid, it may be time to change it out.
If you need help inspecting or changing your transmission fluid, look no further than the vehicle experts at Toole's Garage Stockton. We'll help you keep your transmission healthy for years to come!