When should I replace the transmission fluid in my car?
Everyone knows that oil changes are a necessary service that will keep a vehicle operating properly. However, transmission fluid serves a vital purpose in your vehicle, so like most other fluids, it will need to be replaced at some point. Since oil changes are much more frequent, that’s usually what most people think about. But when should you replace the transmission fluid in your car? Find out below!
The transmission is the gearbox that gives the vehicle its horsepower and torque. The transmission fluid is what keeps all those components properly lubricated while also serving as hydraulic fluid. As you rack on more miles, the transmission fluid loses viscosity and quality. Failing to replace the transmission fluid could lead to engine failure, gear slipping, and a hard time shifting. If you notice a loud grinding noise coming from the engine or gear changes are less smooth than they should be, it’s probably time to get a transmission flush.
So does that mean you need to wait until you notice symptoms like these before getting a transmission flush? Of course not. Transmission flushes are recommended every 50,000 to 100,000 miles, and in some cases can be put off until about 150,000 miles. That’s a pretty large range of course, but certain factors go into the frequency with which transmission flushes need to be performed. If you’re an aggressive driver or you frequently drive in extreme hot or cold weather conditions, transmission flushes will need to be performed more frequently. If not, you can get away with waiting a little longer. Be sure to check your owner’s manual or consult with an experienced service technician.
Is your vehicle due for a transmission flush? If so, schedule a service appointment here at Vans Honda in Green Bay today!