Routine maintenance today stops problems tomorrow. Staying on top of what your vehicle needs is vital to keeping your car or truck working year-round. This is why it is so important to know what types of fluids your vehicle needs, when they need them, and how to replace them. Low fluid levels can quickly lead to problems as vehicle components grind against each other and cause irreversible damage to your car.
How To Spot an Oil Leak
First things first. Every vehicle manufacturer has rules of thumb for when to switch out your oil or your transmission fluid, but if you have a leak all of that goes out the window. If your vehicle is leaking fluid your fluid levels are going to be low fast. The easiest way to identify a leak is to check the floor of your garage or your parking spot. If you notice liquid or dried liquid it is likely that you have a leak. Leaks can come from a variety of places including your oil pan or other components. A simple issue with a single washer can lead to a leak. Luckily if leaks are handled quickly the repair is usually an inexpensive venture where one faulty piece needs to be replaced. But if you go too long without addressing a leak you will likely do extensive damage to your vehicle.
When To Change Your Oil
Assuming you don’t have any leaks, your oil still needs to be changed and replaced routinely. Every vehicle is different and the best advice is always to check with your manufacturer. Barring that, there are some standard rules of thumb. In the past, it was common to say that you should change your oil every 3,000 miles, but with modern improved oil formulas, this interval has increased to 5,000-7,500 miles. Once again a more accurate assessment can be made by checking for your specific vehicle. But generally speaking every 5,000 to 7,500 miles you should consider getting your oil changed.
When To Change Transmission Fluid
Like oil, transmission fluid changes will be different based on your manufacturers’ recommendations. Most vehicles with a manual transmission fall somewhere between 30,000 and 60,000 miles. However, the recommendation for both automatic and manual transmissions is to aim closer to every 30,000 miles or 30 months of driving (depending on which happens first). Replacing a transmission can be very expensive, so taking care of your transmission by having it regularly serviced and changing the fluid sooner rather than later can go a long way in protecting your vehicle.
Need Your Transmission Worked On? Come to Everett Transmission
At Everett Transmission in Greater Boston, we handle all things transmission as well as other auto repairs. We would be happy to help you change your fluid and make sure your vehicle is in proper working order. For more information send us a message.