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Most vehicle owners want to avoid a major transmission repair. Unfortunately, some don’t make the connection that spending a few dollars now for a transmission service will save them money by avoiding a costly transmission repair later on. Because the components that make up the transmission are constantly exposed to friction and heat, they should be kept lubricated with clean transmission fluid to prevent two major problems—overheating and excessive wear caused by friction.

So how often should you get a transmission service, you ask? Has the transmission fluid been checked on a regular basis to make sure it remains effective to cool and lubricate? Although some vehicle manufacturers say transmission fluid never needs to be changed, it is often recommended by transmission repair technicians to have it replaced between every 50,000 to 100,000 miles. If you’re wondering who is right, check your owner manual to see what is recommended for your vehicle. Also, your transmission repair technician can keep an eye on the color of the fluid to determine its effectiveness.

What does the color of transmission fluid mean?

  • Bright pink – It is still fresh and does not need to be changed.
  • Light brown (with a hint of pink) – It is in the beginning stages of contamination so it should be changed in the near future.
  • Dark brown – The fluid has probably never been changed and has metal particles from the transmission floating around. Your technician may recommend a transmission flush to replace it.

When it comes to taking care of your transmission, it is better to err on the side of caution and prevent major transmission repair. Even with “lifetime” transmission fluid in your vehicle, moisture and dust in the vent tubes can still cause contamination and it can lose its effectiveness.

Need to know more about how often should you get a transmission service? Contact our ASE Certified technicians at Auto & Fleet Mechanic for more information about transmission repair and to schedule an appointment. Our auto shop proudly serves residents in Modesto, CA, and the surrounding area.

Wondering how often should you get a transmission service? Ask the professionals at Auto & Fleet Mechanic how to prevent major transmission repair.

Most vehicle owners want to avoid a major transmission repair. Unfortunately, some don’t make the connection that spending a few dollars now for a transmission service will save them money by avoiding a costly transmission repair later on. Because the components that make up the transmission are constantly exposed to friction and heat, they should be kept lubricated with clean transmission fluid to prevent two major problems—overheating and excessive wear caused by friction.

So how often should you get a transmission service, you ask? Has the transmission fluid been checked on a regular basis to make sure it remains effective to cool and lubricate? Although some vehicle manufacturers say transmission fluid never needs to be changed, it is often recommended by transmission repair technicians to have it replaced between every 50,000 to 100,000 miles. If you’re wondering who is right, check your owner manual to see what is recommended for your vehicle. Also, your transmission repair technician can keep an eye on the color of the fluid to determine its effectiveness.

What does the color of transmission fluid mean?

  • Bright pink – It is still fresh and does not need to be changed.
  • Light brown (with a hint of pink) – It is in the beginning stages of contamination so it should be changed in the near future.
  • Dark brown – The fluid has probably never been changed and has metal particles from the transmission floating around. Your technician may recommend a transmission flush to replace it.

When it comes to taking care of your transmission, it is better to err on the side of caution and prevent major transmission repair. Even with “lifetime” transmission fluid in your vehicle, moisture and dust in the vent tubes can still cause contamination and it can lose its effectiveness.

Need to know more about how often should you get a transmission service? Contact our ASE Certified technicians at Auto & Fleet Mechanic for more information about transmission repair and to schedule an appointment. Our auto shop proudly serves residents in Modesto, CA, and the surrounding area.

Judi Harvey
Auto & Fleet MechanicModesto Auto Repair

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