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When to Say “Yes” to a Transmission Fluid Change


Maybe Not as Often as You’re Advised

If you take your car to a less reputable oil change establishment that offers extreme discounts, chances are they are going to find other services that “need” doing on every visit. Whether it’s an air filter replacement or a transmission fluid exchange, it’s important to know the manufacturer’s expected maintenance intervals so you don’t end up paying out the nose for unnecessary services. The experts at Freeway Chevrolet know exactly when you need additional services and won’t try to sell you unnecessary repairs. This Chevrolet Service Center keeps detailed records of all your services, and can even let you know if your vehicle has any recalls they need to address.

Like Oil, Transmission Fluid Deteriorates

Depending on how you drive your car and the conditions you drive under, you may need a transmission fluid exchange as often as every 50,000 miles. Under lighter conditions, the fluid can last as long as 150,000 miles. Rabbit starts and stops, heavy towing and extreme heat all can hasten the deterioration of the fluid. Transmission fluid starts out as a burgundy red, but turns much darker when it starts to go bad. You can often smell a burnt odor if you put your nose close to the dipstick. If you see traces of dirt on the dipstick, it is definitely time for a change.

Feel Free to Shop Around

Just because a mechanic tells you it’s time to change the transmission fluid doesn’t mean your car is going to stop working in the next couple of days. Unless you feel comfortable with your service facility, feel free to shop around for price. Give the folks at the Chevrolet Service Center at Freeway Chevrolet a chance to earn your business and become your repair facility of choice. Some vehicles require a power flush, which forces the old fluid out before pumping in new elixir. Other vehicles simply require the fluid to be drained, much like an oil change.

Transmission Fluid Exchange Not a Magical Cure

If your automatic transmission is slipping or shifting roughly, it certainly won’t hurt to have a fluid exchange, but don’t expect it to magically fix your problems. The cost of an automatic transmission rebuild can be in the thousands of dollars, so treat your car gently and follow the manufacturer’s recommendations on when to get that new fluid. A properly maintained automatic transmission can easily last 200,000 miles or more.

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