The frequency at which you should change your transmission fluid varies depending on several factors such as the make and model of your vehicle, driving conditions, and the type of transmission fluid you are using. Generally, it is recommended to change the transmission fluid every 30,000 to 60,000 miles or as recommended in your vehicle’s owner’s manual. It is also a good idea to have your transmission fluid checked regularly by a qualified mechanic and to have it changed if it appears dirty or has a burnt odor.
How about manual vs automatic transmission?
For manual transmissions, the recommended interval for changing the transmission fluid can range from 30,000 to 60,000 miles, depending on the vehicle and operating conditions. Heavy use, such as frequent towing or driving in harsh conditions, may require more frequent changes.
For automatic transmissions, the recommended change interval is typically longer and can range from 40,000 to 100,000 miles or more. This is because automatic transmissions use a special type of fluid that is designed to last longer and provide improved performance. Again, the exact interval will depend on various factors such as the make and model of the vehicle, driving conditions, and the type of transmission fluid being used.
It’s always best to consult the owner’s manual for your specific vehicle to determine the recommended transmission fluid change interval. If you drive in severe conditions, such as extremely hot or cold temperatures, or if you frequently tow heavy loads, it may be necessary to change the fluid more often. A qualified mechanic can also advise you on the best schedule for changing your transmission fluid based on your specific driving conditions.