The transmission oil greases the parts of the car that are moving inside. When it gets slow, the parts will have no noise or any smoke to inform you and that is why you need to ensure and change them as much as you can. Knowing when to change transmission fluid is very important task when it comes to essential car maintenance. It is even said that transmission fluid is not just transmit powers but also serves as coolant of your engine. Changing transmission fluid will vary on the car type, model, use and so on. It can be from 60,000 miles or maybe as high with 120,000 miles.

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Here are the signs and symptoms of when to change transmission fluid:

  • There is a strange noise or transmission is grinding. The transmission of vehicle that is contaminated with sludge, dirt or grease can have these symptoms that are also same as low level of transmission fluid. If you notice your transmission is making noises or grinding, you must halt the vehicle and check what is happening inside the transmission fluid as long as the engine is running. Make sure that the color is bright red and not black or brown.

  • There is a problem in shifting the gears. If you are driving an automatic or manual vehicle, when to change transmission fluid must be known as the owner. When you have a too much dirty or contains sludge, it will cause the vehicle to be sluggish. The gear may change quickly or too slow when driving. To all manual transmission, it will be very hard changing transmission oil.

  • Experience slipping of gears. When you have a filthy transmission, it can cause hydraulic power. In order to make the condition of the gear stable, your transmission must have enough pressure in it. Dirty transmission can interrupt the harmonious flow of transmission fluid. It will block the pathway and dirt will build up which needs to be flushed.

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  • There is a surging of the car. Too much pollution and dirt will need for the transmission to be flushed out. This may cause undetermined surging of the vehicle. Your car may jump forward suddenly or may fall back at no good reason at all. This is when to change transmission fluid is considered.

  • There is a delay of acceleration on your vehicle. Continuous contamination of transmission fluid will cause this another sign. For one second or two the vehicle will not yet respond to your command.

You should be aware of these symptoms or signs so that changing transmission fluid can be easy. Delaying this essential task will only result to damages to the transmission and in some cases, damages can be irreparable.