As of 2010, approximately 10 billion liters of transmission fluid were produced annually. Approximately 800 Olympic-sized swimming pools could be filled with this volume of liquid! The purpose of this fluid is to act as a lubricant for the moving components inside your transmission system.
Transmission systems are designed to allow you to change gears smoothly and easily. If there is too much or too little fluid in your vehicle’s transmission, it can cause excessive drag, which means that it takes more effort for your engine to shift gears.
Transmission fluid is a must-have for the optimal performance of your car’s transmission. It’s one of the most important fluids you have in your vehicle. You should regularly check and change the trans fluid on your car to avoid issues with shifting gears, a slipping clutch, and other problems that can arise because of old or dirty fluid.
If you’re an auto repair hobbyist and you like to do your car maintenance, then this article is for you. If you have a car and you want to learn how to change your fluid, then keep reading.
This article will walk you through the basics of checking and changing your trans fluid. You’ll also learn how to check your transmission fluid level and how to flush your transmission.
These basic principles apply to almost all transmissions, so if you drive a Honda Civic or a Ferrari 458 Italia, you can use this information if it has a transmission.
For what reason should the transmission fluid be inspected?
Transmission fluid is used inside your car’s transmission. It helps to create friction between the gears, keeping everything in your transmission moving smoothly. If you change it at regular intervals, you’ll be able to keep your car running without any problems.
Changing the transmission fluid isn’t hard, but it does require some work and can be a bit messy. Before you begin, make sure that you have all of the tools you will need for the job. You should also check your owner’s manual to see any special instructions for changing your car fluids.
How to Check Your Fluid Levels
Many drivers ignore their fluid levels, even though it is easy to check them. This article will discuss checking your fluid levels and some of the most common checked fluids.
With their many engines and complex fluids, cars can run into trouble without proper maintenance. Luckily, there is a way to check the fluid levels in your car without taking it to a mechanic.
First, locate the dipstick. It’s usually on the left side of the engine under the hood. Please take note of the markings and color on it.
If you know what color you’re looking for, it’ll be easy to see where the color ends. If not, look for a color change that indicates low fluid levels. Once you figure out what fluid needs topping up, you can pour it in.
Next, remove the cap from the fluid reservoir and add fluid until it reaches the “full” line. Replace the cap and inspect the container for leaks. If there are any, tighten the cap until the leak stops.
What to do to Replace the Transmission Fluid and Filter in a Car
The fluid in the transmission will have to be drained and replaced with new fluid. You can do this by removing the drain plug from the bottom of the transmission pan. Once you have removed this plug, allow all the old fluid to drain out.
Make sure that you are using the correct type of fluid for your car. Most vehicles will require a special transmission fluid available at most auto parts stores.
The fluid is a synthetic oil that is used in most modern vehicles. The fluid may be available at your local parts store or from your vehicle’s manufacturer if you have an older vehicle.
The transmission pan will be located under the vehicle, on the driver’s side. It is held in place by two bolts and a metal clip. Remove the bolts and the clip, then pull out the pan.
The transmission fluid will be dark brown or black. You should change it for every 30,000 miles or so. If you see the fluid is black and smells burnt, it’s time to change it.
You should replace the filter for every 20,000 miles. The filter will be located under the hood on the passenger side of the engine compartment.
Signs of Bad Fluid in Transmission
If you see any of these signs in your car’s transmission fluid, you should bring it to a mechanic immediately:
- A deep brown or black color appears to be present in the fluid.
- It has an oily texture.
- It smells burnt.
- You can see metal flakes or pieces of metal in the fluid. If you have any of these signs, it is possible that your transmission is about to break down completely, and you need to have it repaired before it fails.
Consequences of Ignoring Fluid Conditions and Levels
The transmission fluid in your vehicle is the lifeblood of the transmission. If it gets too hot, it can boil and cause damage to the transmission.
If it gets too cold, it can freeze and also cause damage to the transmission. The transmission fluid temperature should be between 195 and 205 degrees Fahrenheit.
Bad transmission fluids can lead to serious transmission problems, so always make sure you use the appropriate transmission fluid for your vehicle. Check the transmission fluid level in your vehicle every time you fill-up with gas. The transmission fluid dipstick is usually located on the driver’s side of the engine compartment. You should read your owner’s manuals if you are unsure of where it is.
Does the Transmission Fluid Get Low Even Without a Leak?
The answer is NO.
A check valve built into the pump maintains the transmission fluid level. The transmission fluid will only flow out once the pump has filled it to the maximum level.
When there is no leak, the pump will operate until the fluid level reaches its maximum point. Then, it will stop, sit idle and wait for you to add more fluid.
However, if there is a leak, then it may be obvious that you need to add more fluid as soon as possible.
Final Notes on Changing Your Transmission Fluid In a Car
I hope you found this advice to be informative. I have included a few tips to help you make the job easier and safer. If you change your transmission fluid in a car, I recommend doing it on a nice warm day.
The fluid is hot, and you will be getting dirty. A cold day is not the best time to do this job. I recommend using a transmission jack to raise the car off the ground.
You may obtain one by renting it from your local car parts store. The car must be on level ground for this to work. If you don’t have a transmission jack, use a floor jack and support the car with jack stands.
Ryan Daniel is a car enthusiast, and he has years of experience in the automotive field as an engineer. Now he is also active as an automobile blogger and member of the auto community.