Automotive Maintenance FAQ
- How often should I change my transmission fluid?
- Generally speaking it is recommended to change the ATF every 25,000 to 30,000 miles.
- The actual transmission oil change interval you will have to follow will depend on how you use the vehicle.
- The time intervals of changing transmission fluid also differ according to the car company. However, with frequent checking you would be able to determine when the fluid needs replacement.
- Do all automotive maintenance facilities replace the transmission filter when performing a transmission service?
- NO - the truth of the matter is that many shops do not remove the transmission pan and filter when performing a transmission service. Many shops perform the service by simply hooking up to the cooler lines and replenishing the fluid without ever removing the pan.
- What are the different services available for transmissions?
- Partial Service: This service includes removing the transmission pan and filter (some vehicles do not not have filters that are removable from the pan) and replacing the filter and the fluid that drains out - usually between 3 and 5 quarts.
- Full Service/Flush: This service includes removing the transmission pan and filter (some vehicles do not have filters that are removable from the pan), replacing the filter and processing new fluid throughout the entire transmission system - including the transmission cooler and torque converter. Most vehicles have transmission fluid capacities between 10 and 12 quarts.
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