Here’s Everything You Need to Know About the Transmission Fluid in Your Vehicle

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When it comes to maintaining your car, transmission fluid is an essential aspect of ensuring your vehicle runs smoothly. Just like engine oil, transmission fluid is necessary for your car’s overall health.

If you’re driving a used car or truck, you have two very big expenses just waiting to happen. 

One day, could be today, could be tomorrow, could be 33 years from last Tuesday, but one day, your engine and your transmission will fail. Those are the two expenses that every used car owner lives in fear of. We’re all waiting for either of those two shoes to drop.

But what if I told you that Crossley Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center could help you push those big expenses further down the road?

Is changing transmission fluid really necessary?

There’s no question that changing fluid periodically will extend the life of your transmission and save you money on expensive repairs. The only question that’s up for debate is how often it needs to be changed.

For the three of you driving vehicles with a manual transmission, your transmission fluid will need to be changed more often than if you were driving an automatic. Most manufacturers recommend changing transmission fluids in manuals every 30,000 to 60,000 miles.

Automatics can go 60,000 to 100,000 miles or more between transmission fluid replacements. Some Ford models are recommended for a change every 150,000 miles. 

No matter what the manufacturers’ recommendations, your vehicle may need more frequent transmission fluid replacement if you do any high-stress driving that places additional strain on your transmission, raising its temperature, and causing the fluid to deteriorate more rapidly.

  • Frequent Stop & Go City Driving
  • Towing Heavy Loads & Trailers
  • Driving in Mountainous Terrain
  • Aggressive Shifting & Acceleration
Cutaway of an automatic transmission
Cutaway of an automatic transmission

Can I just add transmission fluid instead of replacing it?

Generally speaking, you should never need to add transmission fluid to your vehicle. If you notice that your fluid is low that’s a good sign there is a larger transmission issue somewhere, a leak, maybe, or high temps that are burning fluid away. A band-aid isn’t going to solve those problems. 

That’s when you need a trained, experienced, and certified transmission professional like our team members at Crossley Quick Lane Tire & Auto.

We’ll inspect your transmission and diagnose the true problem. A little tender loving care right now can save you big money down the road.

Other signs that your vehicle is in need of transmission fluid replacement are:

  • Darkened or discolored fluid
  • Debris in the fluid
  • Visible fluid leaks
  • Burning odors
  • Rough, uneven shifting or slipping

How much does it cost to have transmission fluid replaced?

The good news is transmission fluid replacement isn’t required that often and it’s not terribly expensive –  a fraction of a fraction of the cost of a new transmission.

This month, Crossley Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center has special discounts and coupons for transmission fluid replacement that can save you even more and financing options that help spread the expense out. You can replace your transmission fluid now and pay over time. Until June 30th you can replace your transmission fluid for just $219.95 or $17.28 per month.

Our transmission specialists will remove and clean the transmission pan to inspect for any metal shavings. We’ll replace the filter and gasket, then drain and replace the fluid as well as inspect the transmission housing, seals, and cooler lines for leaks. We’ll take the extra steps to keep your transmission healthy for the long haul.

You can schedule your transmission fluid replacement online, and if you like, we’ll even pick up your vehicle, replace the transmission fluid and put your ride back to your driveway before you even know it’s gone. 

Come experience the Crossley Difference.


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