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Your transmission plays a huge role in how your vehicle feels to drive, so when your transmission starts to fail, you may notice changes in how your car feels. Common changes may include your vehicle having a hard time changing gears or even slipping gears completely.
Other common issues may be a burning smell coming from your transmission due to old fluid and your gears overheating. It’s important to check your transmission fluid from time to time to make sure it’s getting fresh fluid in the right intervals.
Finally, you may notice a grinding sound or even shaking from your vehicle and your transmission may even become unresponsive. Overall, if your vehicle is experiencing signs of a malfunctioning transmission, it’s important to seek service as soon as possible to ensure your safety and the longevity of your vehicle.
One of the best ways to ensure your transmission runs smoothly is to change your transmission fluid at the right time. Overall, transmission fluid change intervals can vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, however, it’s often advised to change your transmission fluid every 30,000 to 60,000 miles.
This can change depending on your driving style. If you tow or drive off-road it’s important to make sure you change your transmission fluid more often. At the end of the day, though, it’s important to check your transmission fluid periodically to make sure you can accurately tell when you should change it.
Checking your transmission fluid is often as easy as using a dipstick under your car’s hood. To check your transmission fluid, just warm up your vehicle and pull out the dipstick while your engine is still warm. If your dipstick shows your transmission fluid levels are low, it’s time to top them off.
Another thing to pay attention to is the condition of your transmission fluid. Old transmission fluid will appear as a dark red or almost black color—this means it’s time for a full replacement of your fluid. You should also replace your transmission fluid if you notice any metal shavings in the fluid.
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