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Why Change Transmission Fluid?

Why Change Transmission Fluid


Scarborough, Saco, and Portland, ME, residents who drive high-powered vehicles know that they need extra protection against the heat and wear that come with powerful engines. Besides regular inspections and synthetic oil replacements, you need to think about scheduling a transmission fluid change.

If you’re thinking, “why change transmission fluid,” keep reading ahead as the Mercedes-Benz of Scarborough team explains how this service can benefit your automobile.


Transmission Fluid

What Is the Purpose of Transmission Fluid?

The transmission is one of the hardest working components of a vehicle. It’s responsible for changing the gear ratios as the automobile speeds up and slows down. It ensures that the power that comes from the engine is transferred to the drivetrain, allowing it to drive at a specific speed.

It’s also what enables your luxury sports car or SUV to take off so quickly and smoothly from a stop. Without a well-functioning transmission, your performance wouldn’t be so stellar.

One thing that allows the transmission to work so hard for so long is the transmission fluid. Similar to synthetic motor oil, transmission fluid keeps the transmission and its parts:

  • Lubricated
  • Clean
  • Cool

When you’re driving a performance car and taking advantage of its high-powered capabilities, your transmission is putting in a lot of work communicating between the engine and powertrain. Over time, it will wear out and need replacement.


Transmission Fluid Change

When to Change Transmission Fluid

Transmission fluid replacement intervals depend on your specific model and trim. It also depends on how you use your vehicle.

For instance, if you primarily use your automobile for daily commuting and highway driving, you can likely drive many more miles between transmission fluid changes. However, heavier use such as frequent towing, off-roading, or city driving may require more frequent replacement.

While consulting your owner manual or a skilled mechanic is the best way to figure out how when you should change your transmission fluid, your vehicle can also show some signs of low or worn-out transmission fluid. These signs can include:

  • Jerky shifting
  • Increased transmission temperature
  • Hesitant shifting

If you begin noticing any of these symptoms, no matter if your vehicle is at 30,000 miles or 100,000 miles, make sure to get your transmission fluid checked as soon as possible.


Schedule a Professional Transmission Fluid Change

Allow our expert technicians to check your transmission fluid and make sure everything is running smoothly. With their years of training and experience, they can quickly and easily identify when a transmission fluid needs a change and identify any other transmission issues. Plus, we have the latest tools and knowledge to diagnose and treat issues as efficiently as possible.

We also offer convenient online scheduling so that even if you notice a transmission issue after hours, you can request a service.


Want to Learn More About Transmission Fluid Changes?

Curious to learn more about what goes into a transmission fluid change? The Mercedes-Benz of Scarborough team is at your service. We are proud to serve drivers all across Scarborough, Saco, and Portland, Maine.

Get in touch with our team today to learn more about transmission fluid or to schedule your service.


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