Is Your Transmission Fluid Due for a Change?

Did you know that some vehicles don’t have a transmission? Well, it’s true. All-electric vehicles don’t typically have a transmission because they already send the appropriate amount of power to their wheels when a motorist accelerates or slows down.

Conventional cars like the Hyundai models in our new car inventory are equipped with a transmission, however. Gas-only and hybrid vehicles are outfitted with either a manual or automatic transmission. Both automatic and manual transmissions require fluid to operate properly. Transmission fluid keeps the moving parts of a transmission lubricated and it serves as a cooling agent in automatic transmissions.

Regardless of the type of transmission your car is equipped with, you’ll need to change its fluid over the course of your car’s life. While that’s true, you’ll need to change it for different reasons. As time goes by and you accrue miles on your odometer, you’ll need to change the fluid in a manual transmission because it will pick up contaminants which can shorten the life of your transmission. Because automatic transmissions generate more heat, you’ll need to change their fluid because it will degrade and break down as you operate your automobile.

While the intervals may vary, it’s normally wise to change the fluid in a manual transmission every 30,000 – 60,000 miles. If you do heavy-duty work with your vehicle, you may have to change the fluid in your manual transmission as often as every 15,000 miles.

Drivers who have an automobile with an automatic transmission can usually go farther between fluid changes. In general, you’ll need to change the fluid in an automatic transmission every 60,000 – 100,000 miles.

Is your car due for a transmission fluid change? If so, schedule an appointment to bring your vehicle into our Hyundai service center near Beaumont, CA. We look forward to having you as our guest at Hyundai of Moreno Valley soon.

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