Q: How often should I have my automatic transmission fluid changed?
A: As always, we suggest checking your owner’s manual for the manufacturer’s recommendation. Generally, though, automatic transmission fluid should be changed every 60,000 to 100,000 miles. If you tow regularly, drive hilly or mountainous roads, or put excessive strain on your transmission any other way, have the fluid level checked frequently.
Q: Does my standard transmission require fluid?
A: Yes, it does. Typically, it should be changed every 30,000 to 60,000 miles; more regularly if you make your transmission work harder.
Q: What happens if I don't have my transmission fluid changed?
A: Over time, metal shavings that come off your transmission are suspended in the transmission fluid. As that fluid moves in and around the unit, the shavings can wear down the other components of the transmission, shortening the system’s service life.
Q: Why is my transmission slipping out of gear?
A: Transmissions are designed to stay in a specific gear until either the driver or the vehicle’s computer shift at the appropriate times. “Slipping” can occur as a result of a low fluid level, burnt fluid, worn gears or transmissions bands (the metal that links the gears together), and other mechanical failures.
Losing power on the highway can be dangerous, so if your transmission is slipping, pull into a Mountain View Tire and Auto Service location as soon as possible.