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How to Tell When Transmission Fluid Needs to be Flushed

There is no denying that the transmission plays an integral role in the functioning of any vehicle. Transmission fluid is oil located within the transmission that helps lubricate the moving metal components as gears shift up and down. Overtime, transmission fluid needs to be drained and replaced because it becomes broken down and dirty. If the transmission fluid is not flushed, it can result in serious damage to the transmission that comes with a costly rebuild. If you’re wondering how to tell when your transmission fluid needs to be flushed, continue reading below.

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Symptoms that Indicate when Transmission Fluid Needs to be Changed

There are a few ways to tell when transmission fluid needs to be changed. The first would be by checking the fluid and determining how worn down it is based on the color. When transmission fluid is first added, it is bright red, but once it is more worn down, it has a more burnt and brownish color.

The second symptom that the transmission needs a flush is when the transmission grinds and makes strange noises, the gears are slow to shift and/or slip out of place and the vehicle surges in movement. If you notice these symptoms occurring on your vehicle, bring it to a trusted service professional like Hesser Toyota in Janesville, WI.

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Schedule a Transmission Flush at in Janesville, WI

Generally, automatic transmission fluid should be flushed every 30,000 to 60,000 miles; however, driving conditions can increase the need for service sooner. Check your vehicle’s owner’s manual to view the manufacturer’s recommended service intervals. When it’s time to have your transmission flushed, bring it to the professionals at Hesser Toyota in Janesville, WI. Service appointments can be scheduled online, at our dealership or by calling 806-754-7544.