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When to Change Transmission Fluid

 
  
  


Every vehicle requires routine care to perform at its best on the roads of Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, and South Valley. Therefore, it’s always a good idea to refresh your memory on the services your Jaguar needs to stay healthy and happy during your journeys.

If you’ve ever wondered when to change the transmission fluid in your vehicle, we’re here to give you some insight with this helpful guide created by the team at Jaguar Albuquerque. Thanks to the tips provided in this manual, you’ll know exactly when to schedule your automobile’s next checkup to keep its transmission in pristine condition.


Transmission Fluid Change

When Should I Change My Transmission Fluid?

Most automotive experts recommend that you change your vehicle’s transmission fluid anywhere between 60,000 to 100,000 miles. However, if you own a car with a manual transmission, you should aim to replace your transmission fluid every 30,000 to 60,000 miles. To be sure of your transmission’s timeline, check with your trusted service center to see if a fluid replacement is necessary; they’ll be able to ascertain if and when you should seek out this procedure.

In addition to that, the suggested length of time to get a transmission fluid change will adjust based on your automobile’s transmission type, make, model, and your driving conditions. For example, drivers who regularly traverse more extreme environments or climates may need to visit their mechanic every 15,000 miles for a transmission fluid replacement.

Regardless of which transmission you have or what your driving conditions may be, check your owner’s manual for the recommended timeframe for changing your transmission fluid.


Why Changing Transmission Fluid Is Important

There’s nothing quite as exciting as the feeling of your vehicle seamlessly churning out power as you careen along the highway. To maintain the athletic performance of your Jaguar, it’s important to check transmission fluids and get the occasional transmission fluid replacement. Here’s why:

  • Removes Dirt and Grime: After you’ve spent the weekend driving along dusty terrains, it’s likely that your vehicle has built up some dirt under its hood. By regularly changing your car’s fluids, you’ll clean the transmission, prevent corrosion, and preserve your automobile’s capability. All in all, sticking to the recommended intervals for transmission fluid replacements will keep your car in sturdy shape for years to come.
     
  • Enhances Performance: Your transmission’s fluid helps it serve up responsive gear shifts every time you press the pedal to the metal. By arming your Jaguar with routine transmission fluid changes, you’ll flush out any dirt that could dampen the sporty functionality of your automobile. That way, you’ll always receive that extra shot of power when you need it most.
     
  • Prevents Friction: Just as your engine’s oil helps keep each part cool during your commutes, your transmission fluid provides the system with lubrication. Once those fluids begin to age or get dirty, your vehicle may not have enough grease to sidestep excess heat from building up under the hood.

Luckily, preventing all of this is as simple as changing your transmission fluid. That way, the intricate components of the transmission will effortlessly work together to move you over your path without producing friction.


Transmission Fluid Check

Checking Your Car’s Transmission Fluid

There’s plenty you can do to take care of your transmission even when your car is not at our service center. The first thing you can do, of course, is to check the transmission fluid from time to time. On many vehicles, checking the fluid is as easy as taking a quick look at the oil.

Take the dipstick out, wipe it off, put it back in again, and wait a few seconds to get a solid, accurate reading. If the fluid levels are low, there may be a leak. Check the dipstick itself, too. The fluid should leave a red residue have somewhat of a sweet odor. If the transmission fluid is dark in color or it smells burnt, then it’s likely time to change the transmission fluid.

These days, many vehicles have replaced the dipstick with a sealed unit, which may require electronic transmission testing. If your car has a sealed unit, be sure to schedule a service appointment with our technicians.

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Protecting Your Vehicle’s Transmission

Always keep your car’s owner’s manual close by. It’ll let you know what kind of transmission fluid to use. This way, if you ever decide to change transmission fluid at home, you’ll know exactly what needs to be purchased.

In terms of protecting the transmission, there are some other things you can do. Servicing the engine’s cooling system is one of them. It might prevent the engine from overheating, but were you aware that it also keeps the transmission fluid that’s pumping through the gearbox at the right temperature?

A transmission flush may be needed at some point, too. Old, worn-down fluid will be replaced with new transmission fluid. This procedure helps clean the transmission since sludge and other contaminants will be cleaned out.


Gear Shifting

Smart Driving Tips

We have some smart driving tips you’ll want to follow every time you take the wheel. Keep these tips in mind. They can go a long way to keeping your transmission running as it should.

First, don’t try to change gears while your car is moving. It should be at a complete stop before you go from “drive” to “reverse” or vice-versa. If you try to do this while moving, it can lead to extra stress put on the transmission. It’s also a good idea to let your car warm up before you start driving. It doesn’t need to be long, but an extra 30 seconds can give your car the necessary time to get going.

Avoid towing in difficult conditions if possible. Towing in extremely hot temperatures means the transmission has to work harder, and the transmission fluid can be damaged as it oxidizes and burns.


Schedule Your Service Appointment Today!

At Jaguar Albuquerque, our goal is to provide drivers near Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, and South Valley with all the information they need to keep their cars in great condition.

If you aren’t quite sure when to change your transmission fluid, feel free to consult this guide. From there, our team of highly qualified technicians will be happy to inspect your vehicle and replace the transmission fluid for you. All you have to do is stop by our service facility, give us a call, or schedule your appointment today!


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