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Don’t forget to check on how your transmission is doing

By Product Expert | Posted in Technology on Monday, December 3rd, 2018 at 4:23 pm
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How often do I need to change my transmission fluid?

It isn’t a huge mental leap to imagine that a vehicle’s transmission is made of a lot of individual parts that operate in very close quarters, producing a lot of heat. Transmission fluid keeps these parts lubricated and moving freely. However, unlike engine oil, the fluid flowing through your vehicle’s gears shouldn’t need a whole lot of attention. So, how often do you need to change your transmission fluid? Like far too many things in the automotive industry, there isn’t one universal answer that will apply to everyone. We’ll go over a few things that might help you take better care of your vehicle and get as many miles out of it as possible. If you have any questions, please reach out to our service department today.

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Transmission fluid change intervals

Each vehicle has different service intervals for changing transmission fluid and flushing the system. You’ll want to refer to your owner’s manual for the best results. Naturally, there is a difference between manual and automatic transmissions.

Manual: On average, vehicles with a manual transmission should have its fluid changed every 30,000 to 60,000 miles. However, if you drive a heavy-duty vehicle in a dirty environment, you might need to have it done every 15,000 miles.

Automatic: Modern automatic transmissions are very reliable and can go a long time without needing new fluid, although 60,000 to 100,000 miles is about average. As long as the fluid has a healthy-looking bright reddish color, it should be fine.

How do I know if it’s time for a flush?

There are a few ways to tell if its time to have your transmission fluid changed and/or flushed. In an automatic transmission, it will sound like it’s struggling to find the right gear during acceleration. On the other hand, a manual transmission might be more difficult to shift.

The myth of lifetime transmission fluid

A lot of heat builds up inside an automatic transmission, which causes it to break down. This requires the fluid to be changed. Owners of a vehicle with a manual transmission don’t need to worry about heat, they need to be on the lookout for contaminated transmission fluid.

Make an appointment with a Billion Auto Group Service Department representative today if you’re having any transmission problems. We can fix just about anything, or at least give you some options for what to do next.

4 Responses to “Don’t forget to check on how your transmission is doing”

  1. Shanika Rathnayake says:

    Transmission fluid is an important part of transmission. It needs to be changed at regular intervals. Each vehicle has different service intervals for changing the transmission fluid. You may refer to the owner’s manual for the exact time interval. There is a difference between automatic and manual transmission fluid change intervals. When a transmission has too much dirt or sludge in the fluid, it causes a sluggish response while shifting gears. This indicates the time for a transmission flush.

  2. Amy Zahirski says:

    Transmission fluid is very crucial to the transmission. It lubricates different parts of the transmission and allows them to move freely. In different vehicles, servicing period of the transmission fluid is different. For manual transmission vehicles, the fluid should be changed every 30,000-60,000 miles and for automatic transmissions it is between 60,000-1,00,000 miles. So it is better to refer to the user’s manual for transmission fluid change. The correct time for flushing of transmission fluid is indicated by certain signs in the transmission. For changing the transmission fluid in your car, you may refer to:

  3. Ivy Parker says:

    Some people often ignore the importance of transmission fluid replacement which could have a significant influence on the performance of the transmission. The transmission is an important component of the vehicle which needs proper lubrication to work smoothly and lack of adequate amount of lubricant could jeopardize the performance of the transmission. So, regular inspection of the transmission fluid is really essential to evaluate its condition and burned transmission lubricant needs to be replaced after a certain time interval. To know more, visit http://www.germanmotorspb.com/service/

  4. Deidra Monika says:

    Most manufacturers recommend that manual transmission fluid needs to be changed every 30,000-60,000 miles. Under heavy duty use some manufacturers suggest changing transmission fluid every 15,000 miles. The wear & tear in transmission is indicated by the color of the transmission fluid. It is usually red in color. But if we discover black or burnt fluid, then it indicates that some problem in the transmission or the fluid itself. It needs to be checked by a transmission technician. For this you may refer to:

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