When to Change Your Car’s Transmission Fluid

Hand pouring transmission fluid as for the good car maintenance

When to Change Your Car’s Transmission Fluid

Your vehicle cannot function without transmission fluid. Depending upon the way you use your car or truck, transmission fluid needs changing every 30,000 to 60,000 miles. If you take your car for regular service, fluids are checked and you’ll be alerted to problems. If your car doesn’t have enough transmission fluid, it lacks lubrication, affecting engine efficiency and ability to function.

Know Your Numbers

If you change transmission fluid at approximately 30K or 60K you’ll likely need this service every two to four years. This standard range keeps your car engine healthy and running well. It also saves money in repairs in the long run. More frequent transmission fluid changes will not damage your engine.

Know Your Location

Climate is a big factor in determining transmission fluid change frequency. If you live in a tropical or very warm climate, a change is suggested every 15,000 miles. This is different from what was recommended in the previous paragraphs (this recommendation requires a fluid change every year or so). Given Canada’s climate and average daily temperatures, the 30-60,000 number applies to most of us in the upper regions of North America.

Know Your Colour

How your transmission fluid looks is also a big indicator if it needs a change. Transmission fluid that is red or a bit darker means that you’re in pretty good shape. Any darker colours (like brown or black) especially with an accompanying burnt smell, means a change is needed immediately. Any floating debris can damage your car engine and makes a fluid change even more urgent.

For the best services for transmission fluid changes, consider Kingsway Transmission Ltd. We ensure you get the best care for your vehicle, with reasonable rates. Call us today at (905) 428-8940 for appointments and inquiries.