When to Change Transmission Fluid

Transmission Fluid Change

Clean transmission fluid is a vital component to keeping your vehicle in good shape. While each manufacturer sets their own standard, a good rule thumb is to change your transmission fluid every 30,000 to 60,000 miles.

At VW of Panama City Service Center, we’re committed to helping Springfield, Callaway, and Panama City drivers make smart decisions when it comes to their vehicle’s maintenance. That’s why we created this simple guide.

Continue reading to learn a few tips on keeping your transmission health–and don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions!

How Frequently Should I Change my Transmission Fluid?

As we previously stated, a typical automatic transmission should have its fluid flushed every 30,000 to 60,000 miles or about every 3 to 4 years. If you drive a stick shift, this task might need to be done on a more frequent basis depending on your driving habits.

Your owner’s manual is a great resource to consult and can provide you with proper guidelines to follow. If you frequently travel long distances or tow heavy loads, we also suggest speaking directly with one of our service pros who can cater to your specific needs.

How To Check Transmission Fluid

Car Transmission DipstickIf you’re like the vast majority of American drivers, your vehicle probably relies on an automatic transmission. If this is true, checking your transmission fluid is something you can easily do at home.

It’s important to note that you should always check your transmission fluid in a well-ventilated area. That’s because you’ll need to keep your engine running for the duration of the check. If you can’t park outside, at least keep your garage door fully open.

Once you’ve allowed enough time for your engine to warm up, pop open the hood and perform the following steps:

  • Locate and remove the dipstick. If your vehicle is front-wheel drive, the dipstick should be located close to you. If your vehicle is rear-wheel drive, the dipstick will be closer to the windshield.
  • Check the color, consistency, and scent. Healthy fluid should be odorless and appear either pink or translucent in color.
  • Check the fluid level. Using a shop rag or paper towel, wipe the dipstick clean and place it back inside the holster. Remove the dipstick again and look to see whether the fluid reaches the full line. If the line isn’t fully covered, clean fluid needs to be added.

Why Do I Need to Change My Transmission Fluid?

Transmission Fluid ChangeAside from your engine, your transmission is the single most important component inside your vehicle.

Relying on a complex system of gears, transmission fluid allows machinery to move freely as well as removes hazardous particles from the components. Essentially, without clean fluid, your transmission would quickly overheat and eventually seize.

A broken transmission is an expensive and often irreversible repair. The good news, through a little knowledge and planning, you can typically avoid any unwelcomed surprises.

Schedule Your Next Service Appointment

If you can’t remember the last time you changed your vehicle’s transmission fluid, stop by or make an appointment at VW of Panama City.

We can make sure you’re always ready to take on the streets near Springfield, Callaway, and Panama City with confidence!

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