Having a car, truck, or SUV is a big responsibility for most motorists. Other than the standard oil change, there are many other best practices that need to be followed to extend the life-cycle of your vehicle. Regular upkeep is a surefire way to ensure that it runs smoothly. Going to a mechanic is like going to the doctors, if you’re not in good shape, it will likely cost you big time. One basic method of making sure your vehicle will run smoothly is by regularly changing it’s transmission fluid, also known as Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF).
What does your transmission fluid do?
Transmission fluid helps lubricate various parts of a vehicle’s transmission to optimize for best performance. This fluid ensures your vehicle’s transmission is running smoothly and healthy. The engine of an automobile generates an intense amount of heat that is often hot enough to melt steel. Transmission fluid works as a lubricant to ensure the various parts of the transmission doesn’t sustain any damage.
One way in which transmission fluids is beneficial is that it help to ensure the gears of the transmission are not grinding on each other. The fluid also works to counterbalance the friction generated by the transmission. There are many types of transmission fluids for different types of vehicles. The type of transmission used for your vehicle could be found in the maintenance section of the owner’s manual.
When Should You Change Your Transmission Fluid?
There are many factors in determining when you should change your transmission fluid, such as the type of vehicle and how long you’ve owned it. Depending on these factors, you may or may not need to change it often. One reason why your transmission fluid may need to be changed is because it has collected too much debris. The fluid will collect debris as it is used over time, which makes the it less effective in functioning properly. Transmission fluid that has gone bad can cause a lot of problems for your vehicle. For example, it makes it very ineffective in cooling the heat generated.
Automatic transmissions generally require less frequent transmission oil changes than manual transmissions. Mechanics generally recommend changing your transmission fluid for automatic transmission after every 60,000 to 100,000 miles.
When is the last time your changed your transmission fluid? Not sure? Bring your vehicle to Everett Transmission, in Everett today.