When It’s Time For Dodge Richmond Drivers To Change Their Transmission Fluid

April 16th, 2015 by

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Transmission fluid. That’s a term you may hear thrown around without fully understanding why it’s there, what it does, and when it needs to be changed. There is no simple way to answer that last question because it does need to be changed, but when it needs to be changed varies from model to model, and your style of driving.

So our Richmond area Dodge service experts decided to help you understand this important fluid that keeps your car’s transmission working properly, much like motor oil does for the engine.

What It’s All About

Most automatic transmissions call for a fluid change around 100,000 miles, but that’s not a hard and fast rule, which is why it’s often recommended to do it sooner. The fact is, how you drive changes how hard transmission fluid works. Transmission fluid helps facilitate gear shifts, cool the transmission, and lubricate moving parts in Richmond Dodge drivers’ vehicles.

This means if you do a lot of towing, hauling heavy loads, or even just stop-and-go driving at rush hour, your transmission fluid is working overtime. So how do I know if it’s time for new fluid? The best thing you can do is consult your owner’s manual. You can check your transmission fluid, which is usually red, but can also be other colors. One way to tell if it is deteriorating is if the fluid darkens from its original color. Another way to tell is if you smell a burning odor when you shift gears, which indicates that your transmission isn’t being properly lubricated.

The best way to know for sure is to bring your car into our Richmond area Dodge service center. Our highly trained service experts can check it out when they are performing more frequent routine maintenance like an oil change.

If you don’t think your transmission fluid has ever been changed, and it has over 100,000 miles on it, you should contact us and let us keep your Dodge on the road in Richmond for years to come. Give Safford of Springfield a call today at 540-898-7200.

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