When should I change my vehicle’s transmission fluid?
Transmission fluid is incredibly important for keeping your vehicle running because it’s what lubricates and cools the hundreds of moving parts of your transmission. Just like other fluids, it gets broken down from heat, use, and contaminants over time, so having it freshened up at the recommended intervals is key for sustaining your vehicle’s health and keeping you on the roads.
When to Change the Transmission Fluid in Your Car or Truck
The recommended intervals for changing your transmission fluid can be found in your owner’s manual or by asking one of our friendly service advisors at CMA Toyota of Martinsburg. But, generally manual transmission fluid should be changed every 30,000 to 60,000 miles or every 2 to 4 years. The recommended interval can be much longer for automatic transmissions, varying from every 30,000 miles to up to 150,000 miles depending on the specific transmission and type of use.
If your vehicle is having trouble shifting gears, accelerating, or making unpleasant noises like whining or grinding, then you should have your transmission fluid checked ASAP. Make sure the fluid is brightly colored if you can check it yourself, and if it’s dark, has particles in it, or smells burnt then it’s time to our service department.
What Kind of Transmission Fluid Does My Vehicle Take?
It’s also important that you replace it with the correct kind of transmission fluid for your vehicle, whether it be automatic transmission fluid, CVT fluid, heavyweight hypoid gear oil, or otherwise. This can be found in your owner’s manual, or our knowledgeable service professionals at CMA Toyota of Martinsburg will set you up with the best oil for your pre-owned vehicle.
Why is Changing Your Vehicle’s Transmission Fluid Important?
Not only will it keep the moving parts of your transmission slippery and cool, but it also helps to create the pressure and torque that powers your transmission. Upkeeping your transmission fluid helps your vehicle run more efficiently for longer, whereas dirty or burned transmission fluid could mean hard shifts, jumping gears, and overheating. This could all wreak havoc on the insides of your car, so make sure you keep an eye on the health of your transmission’s fluid.
Need help? Schedule a service appointment at CMA Toyota of Martinsburg today to have your transmission oil checked and keep your vehicle running great.