Do I Really Need To Change My Transmission Oil?
Yes, although there is a debate about how often.
The manufacturer's maintenance schedule for many automatic transmissions doesn't call for fresh fluid until 160,000 kms or, with some Ford transmissions, even longer.
A lot of mechanics say that is too long and it should be done much more frequently.
Just like other automotive fluids and oils transmission fluid deteriorates over time. City driving with frequent stop-and-go, hauling heavy loads, trailer towing - will speed up the break down of the fluid. That kind of hot temperatures of the transmission, and heat puts more strain on the transmission and the fluid, which helps facilitate gear shifts, cools the transmission and lubricates moving parts.
You should check the transmission level more often and have a Presley's Auto check the condition of the fluid. Transmission fluid as it deteriorates it tends to turn darker. It may also acquire a burned odor that could indicate it needs to be changed or that the transmission is developing mechanical problems. The other thing you can look at is debris or metal shavings this is always an indication that the fluid should be changed.
Some automatic transmissions have filters that should be cleaned or replaced when the fluid is changed. Make sure the shop is using the correct fluid and procedures for your vehicle.
Call Presley's Auto to schedule a transmission flush.