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Why do I need to have my transmission fluid changed?

Posted by tom zoebelein on Fri, Mar 08, 2013 @ 08:34 AM

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I know, there are only so many things you can cross off the to-do list in one day.  And having a car can expand your list exponentially.  First, there’s maintaining air pressure in your tires, then having to get your oil changed regularly, and after that…well, a whole assortment of other responsibilities. 

Try not to worry!  At Ward Automotive and Bel Air Autobody, we’re your one-stop shop for all of your vehicle’s needs.  When you bring your vehicle to us, we can inspect your car for any components in need of repair and ensure that your fluids are clean and full.  These fluids include your oil, transmission fluid, and brake fluid.

I’ve talked about oil before and I’ll explain brake fluid another time, but for now let’s discuss transmission fluid. 

What does transmission fluid do for my vehicle?
Transmission fluid is responsible for allowing your engine to shift smoothly.  It is a real multi-tasker—it not only cleans your transmission, but also lubricates it and acts as a hydraulic fluid.  When transmission fluid travels through your transmission, it absorbs any accumulated dirt and debris.  This process keeps your transmission nice and clean, but causes your transmission fluid to become thick and dirty.  It’s very important to keep debris and dirt out of your transmission, because if it gets too dirty then you could experience erratic shifting or worse—no movement at all.   

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What happens if I don’t change my transmission fluid?
When your transmission fluid becomes too thick with dirt, it can no longer lubricate your transmission properly.  Your transmission will become caked with debris and will cause you to experience erratic shifting or worse—no movement at all.  As you probably already know, a transmission is very expensive to replace once it is broken.  To avoid such an outcome, get your transmission fluid changed!

How often do I need to change my transmission fluid?
The general rule of thumb is that you should change your transmission fluid every 50,000 miles for an automatic.  If you have a manual transmission, you can usually go even longer, but 50,000 miles is still a good baseline.  Consult your owner’s manual for more specific guidelines.  It is also important to use only the type of transmission fluid that your car manufacturer recommends, since your car was designed with that type of fluid in mind.

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If you are looking for an auto mechanic to change your transmission fluid and service your vehicle in Harford County, Maryland, you have come to the right place.  Ward Automotive is a division of Bel Air Autobody, Inc, an autobody repair facility with a reputation for quality repair servicing the residents of Harford County for over twenty years.

Our mechanical division called Ward Automotive grew from a need to help our customers receive complete automotive car under one roof.  Our seasoned technicians are highly trained, and we possess the latest tools and equipment to service your car right.  Why not take your car to the shop that knows your car inside and out?

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