Automatic Transmission Fluids

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What is Automatic Transmission Fluid?

Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF) is a type of fluid used in vehicles with automatic transmissions. It is designed to keep the transmission running smoothly and efficiently by lubricating the moving parts and cooling the transmission.

What is the purpose of Automatic Transmission Fluid?

The main purpose of ATF is to lubricate the moving parts of the transmission, allowing them to move freely and with minimal friction. It also helps to cool the transmission by transferring heat away from the parts. Additionally, it helps to protect the transmission from corrosion and wear.

How do I know if my Automatic Transmission Fluid is faulty?

There are a few signs that can indicate that the ATF is faulty and needs to be replaced. These include: dark or burnt-looking fluid, a noise or whining coming from the transmission, a burning smell, or a delay when shifting gears.

Can a faulty Automatic Transmission Fluid cause damage to my vehicle?

Yes, if the ATF is not replaced when it is faulty it can cause damage to the transmission. The lack of lubrication can cause the moving parts to wear down quickly, leading to transmission failure.

How do I replace my Automatic Transmission Fluid?

Replacing the ATF is a relatively simple process.

  1. Begin by parking your vehicle on a flat, level surface and turning off the engine.
  2. Locate the transmission dipstick and pull it out.
  3. Wipe off the dipstick and reinsert it back into the transmission.
  4. Pull the dipstick back out and check the fluid level.
  5. If the fluid is low, slowly add ATF until the level is between the “full” and “low” marks on the dipstick.
  6. Reinsert the dipstick and check the level again to make sure it is correct.
  7. Start the engine and check for any leaks.
  8. If there are no leaks, you’re done.

How often should I inspect my Automatic Transmission Fluid?

It is recommended to inspect the ATF every 15,000 miles or 12 months, whichever comes first. It is also a good idea to check it before taking a long trip.