Guide To Transmission Fluid
Understand transmission fluid maintenance.
Your vehicle’s transmissions converts the energy produced by your engine into the movement of your vehicle down the road. The best way to keep your transmission healthy is to regularly check the state of the fluid and change the fluid if necessary. Transmission fluid is the lubricant for the gears and levers within your transmission. Over time dirt and grime builds up, causing the fluid to thicken creating more strain on the transmission. It is important to keep your transmission healthy because the transmission and the engine are the two most important parts of your vehicle.
Strain On Your Transmission
Raising the operation temperature of your vehicle’s transmission is the leading cause of break down. There are three reasons your transmission will heat up.
What causes your transmission temperature to rise?
Your transmissions operating temperature can rise due to a number of reasons. The three most common reasons for a rise in transmission temperature are hauling heavy loads, pulling trailers, and stop-and-go city traveling. It is recommended to reference your Owner’s manual for the recommended weights that your vehicle can carry and pull. Your vehicles transmission is designed to operate properly as long as it is taken care of and maintained properly.
When should you preform a transmission flush?
It is recommended by mechanics to have a transmission flush preformed on your vehicle every 50,000 miles. Your vehicle’s owner manual has a maintenance schedule that will tell you specific mileage at which your vehicle’s transmission fluid should be flushed. Another indicator is the color or smell of the fluid. Under extreme conditions transmission fluid can break down and change in color and start to smell.