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What You Need to Know About Transmission Fluid

It is well established that lubrication is an absolute necessity to keep any type of engine running well.  Vehicles have an even greater need for lubrication than most other machines. Just like the engine, in general, requires motor oil to protect it against friction, the transmission also needs its own lubrication. Read on to learn more on transmission fluid and the different types there are.

What Does Transmission Fluid Do?

Transmission fluid is the fluid responsible for the lubrication and protection of the transmission system in a vehicle. It can also carry out other very important and more specific functions depending on the type of transmission and fluid. It protects the surfaces from wear and tear, improves cooling, helps maintain safe temperatures, improves the rotational speed, and allows the gaskets to stay well conditioned. Automatic and manual transmissions each use a different type of fluid.

Automatic Transmission Fluid and Manual Transmission Fluid

Automatic transmission fluid, also known as ATF, also has another advantage. It can assist in the connection between the transmission and the engine. As ATF makes its way through the clutches it provides a better grip to improve driveability.  Regardless of whether you have an automatic or manual transmission, it is important to use the right product and buy the best quality. AMSOIL carries the most high-performing transmission fluids for all types of vehicles visit our online catalog here or contact Maints Tech Sales and Service today. 

Automatic Transmission Fluid is Much More Common

Automatic transmissions are much more popular than manual because of how much easier they are to handle. Manual transmission fluids are not as popular because they were not as efficient. Traditionally manual transmission fluid would become very thick in the cold, causing difficulty when trying to change from one gear to another. This caused the manual transmission to start using automatic transmission fluid and helped it experience better results. However, this does not work the other way around. A manual transmission fluid should never be used in an automatic transmission.

Some of the Different Types of Transmission Fluid Available in Today´s Market

  • Type F. This type of transmission fluid is rarely used anymore. It is made only for vintage models from the 70s. It does not have any modifiers added to the solution and shouldn´t be used for other newer models.
  • Dexron/Mercon. These tend to be the most common type of automatic transmission fluids. They are available in different qualities and have modifiers. Those modifiers are added to better protect the internal parts of the transmission.
  • HFM Fluids. These are very similar to Dexron/Mercon transmission fluids, however, they are more enhanced. They contain better modifiers which make them more efficient.
  • Synthetic Fluids. These lubricants offer superb protection in many areas and have outstanding performance in any drastic temperatures. They are also great for minimizing shearing and oxidation and offer very high friction protection.
  • Hypoid Gear Oil. Some manual transmission use this type of oil and it is for the most part good at withstanding harsh pressure and acute temperatures.

The Transmission Fluid Does Not Need to be Changed as Regularly as the Engine Oil

It is very important that you learn what specific type of transmission fluid your vehicle requires. In the maintenance section of your owner´s manual, you should find this information. If you are unsure you can contact your manufacturer and ask about your specific car model. However, transmission fluid is not like motor oil that needs to be regularly changed.

How Often Should You Change the Transmission Fluid?

If you have a newer model vehicle it is likely that it will be a long while before you have to change the transmission fluid. In fact, some automatic transmissions even come with lifetime transmission fluid and it is very rare that it will need to be changed or replaced unless a leak or other exceptional circumstances appear. Yet, even for those longer lasting transmissions, mechanics recommend that transmission fluid is changed around every 60,000 to 100,000 miles or so. This can help you avoid other problems and improve the durability of the transmission.

Get the Right Synthetic Oil Change and the Best Transmission Fluid for Your Vehicle

Although the transmission fluid is not something you normally worry about or change constantly it is still an important maintenance aspect. Just like you can  keep the lubricating system of your engine at its best with a synthetic oil change. You can also maintain your vehicle´s transmission system in good conditions by always using the right products. Call (843) 224-1454 today and get your AMSOIL transmission fluid today.

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