How Often Does Transmission Fluid Need to be Changed?

Transmission fluid acts as a lubricant that protects all parts of your engine from wear and tear. It is the very reason that everything in your car keeps running as well as it does, so knowing when to have it changed requires some observation on your part.

Transmission fluid should be changed at 50,000 to 100,000 miles for automatic cars. This helps in reducing the likelihood of an engine breakdown. Plus, the reason this requirement is so different from a manual transmission is that you don't need to worry about always having to shift to a new gear every time you change speeds.

Those who drive manual transmission vehicles should typically get their transmission fluid changed at least once every 50,000 to 90,000. On some cars, you may need to have it changed sooner, which could be at 25,000 miles. Much of this decision is influenced by how often you drive and the behavior of your vehicle. If the transmission appears to be slipping when shifting gears, then the odds are great that the secret is in the fluid. Getting it changed is the answer to your driving woes.

A transmission that is not performing at its best is a sign that the fluid is dirty. A visual inspection of the fluid can also indicate if it needs to be changed. The mechanics here at our shop understand when transmission fluid needs to be changed and have encountered a number of transmission issues over the years, and know what services are needed to keep your specific vehicle's transmission running at its best.

The best solution is to have your transmission fluid checked when going in for an oil change. Our mechanic can take a closer look and ensure that everything looks good. If not, we can recommend the services needed to get your transmission better maintained and running healthy again.

If you notice slippage while shifting gears or other transmission issues, don't hesitate. Simply bring your vehicle to our auto repair shop today!