Why Do I Need to Change My Transmission Fluid?


Everybody knows you have to change your oil regularly as part of routine engine maintenance to make sure your car keeps running as efficiently as possible. Regular engine oil changes keep the moving parts of your engine properly lubricated so they don’t grind, wear, or seize up.

The same is true of your transmission fluid, which is why you might need to change it. So why doesn’t anyone tell you that you need to change your transmission fluid regularly?

Partly it’s because transmission fluid could last a long time. Under ideal driving conditions, transmission fluid may last 100,000 miles or more. On the other hand, if you drive hard on your transmission with lots of hills or rapid acceleration, the heat generated in your transmission could break down your transmission fluid in a quarter of that time or less.

There’s no good way to predict when you’re going to need a transmission fluid change, but you can tell it’s time if you check your fluid regularly. Your fluid should be at the proper level, a reddish color, and have little or no odor. If your fluid is burnt smelling, dark brown, or low, you should take your car to the shop to make sure your transmission has the right amount of quality fluid to keep it running problem-free.

To schedule an appointment, please contact AAMCO Transmission and Auto Repair of Dallas for a consultation today.

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