What You Should Know About Changing Your Transmission Fluid
Every now and then you need to change the transmission fluid, as this helps extend the transmission’s lifespan. Usually you want to change the fluid every 30,000-60,000 miles, but you will want to look at your owner’s manual to find out when you should change the fluid. When you don’t change the fluid, then you might notice your car is sluggish or it stalls at red lights. As previously mentioned, you can read your owner’s manual to find out how frequently you need to change the fluids.
1. The Price- You can expect to pay an average of around $100 to have your fluid changed at a dealership or at an auto repair shop. If you decide to change the fluid yourself, then you can save money and only have to pay around $40-$90. You have to buy the fluid, gasket and the filter. Also, you will need to pay more money if you need to purchase tools that are needed to perform the job.
Also, there is something else you should know. You need to know a transmission flush is different. A flush tends to cost more than a change.
2. How To Check- It is easy to check to see if you need to change the fluid, as all you have to do is let your car run for a few minutes and then take the dipstick out, wipe it and dip it back into the oil and then take it out. You will need to pour in fluid to the proper level if the oil is clear and below the low mark. However, you will need to change it if the oil is very dark, and you will want to change it if it smells burnt. Ideally, the oil should have clean and bright red and pink in color, so make sure you pay attention to the color of the oil.