What Is Transmission Fluid?

When Should I Get My transmission Checked?

You always need to make sure your vehicle has sufficient transmission fluid. Due to leaks or other forms of damage, you can lose a substantial amount of this fluid, causing your transmission to overheat. Your transmission can also collect metal particles and shavings, which can damage small parts and increase wear. Here are the basics of the fluid you need to understand.

Purpose of This Fluid

The primary function of auto fluid is to thoroughly lubricate all of the components located inside the transmission system. However, it serves various other functions, such as:

  • Increasing temperature range and rotational speed

  • Reducing high operational temperatures

  • Conditioning gaskets

  • Protecting and cleaning metal surfaces from wear and tear

Types of Transmission Fluid

You should read through your owner’s manual to get a better sense of what transmission oil is ideal for your vehicle. The most common fluid used in transmission systems is the Dexron/Mercon variety. It consists of friction modifiers to protect the interior surfaces of the transmission. HFM fluids work just as well as the friction modifiers work even better. You can also look into hypoid gear oil, Type-F, and synthetic fluids. These fluids can handle higher pressures and are tailored for performance vehicles that experience more transmission heating.

Time To Schedule Maintenance

Our mechanics in Edmonton, Alberta, can help your car get back up-and-running quickly. Some modern vehicles may never require a transmission fluid change. Otherwise, you need to swap it out once every 60,000 to 100,000 miles. This is for automatic transmissions. For manual transmissions, you will need a fluid change once every 30,000 to 60,000 miles. Do not hesitate to contact a professional if you have any questions ahead of time.

The experts at Can-West Transmissions Parts Ltd. can help your transmission return to normalcy. We are here to help you any day of the week, so contact us at your earliest convenience. We are here to help every driver in Edmonton drive safely.

By on December 20th, 2019 in Transmission Maintenence