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How Often to Change Transmission Fluid


The transmission in your vehicle is a vital component under the hood. It helps you obtain a smooth drive while elevating your fuel economy, and just like other important equipment under the hood, it requires routine maintenance to ensure it stays in the best shape possible. This includes transmission fluid changes.

Ira Honda Saco is here to help if you have found yourself asking about how often to change transmission fluid. To make sure your Saco, Portland, and Scarborough, Maine, commutes are smooth and safe, read through our guide on transmission fluid below!


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When to Change Your Transmission Fluid

Manual Every 30,000 to 60,000 Miles
Automatic Every 60,000 to 100,000 Miles

All types of transmissions—including automatic and manual—require transmission fluid changes. However, every transmission has different intervals.

If your vehicle boasts a manual transmission, it’s smart to schedule your transmission fluid change every 30,000 to 60,000 miles. On the other hand, if your model has an automatic, you can wait until 60,000 to 100,000 miles!

It’s important to remember, however, that this is just a rule of thumb. Every transmission is different and how and where you drive plays a part in when you should make your appointment. For example, if you off-road, tow, or haul often, you may want to visit our service center sooner.

For the recommended interval of transmission fluid changes from your manufacturer for your specific model, refer to your owner’s manual.


Why Do I Need to Change Transmission Fluid?

Just like oil is to your vehicle’s engine, transmission fluid helps cool and lubricate the working parts in your shifter system. When there’s enough fresh and clean fluid, you’ll have smooth performance and greater fuel economy.

However, over time, this fluid will diminish and may even become dirty. This causes the transmission to have to work harder, which can weaken your performance, lower your model’s efficiency, and lead to extensive issues down the line.

To avoid these issues, keep on top of your transmission changes and your vehicle will remain on the road well into the future.


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Signs Your Vehicle Needs a Transmission Fluid Change

Not sure when your last transmission fluid change was? Chances are your vehicle will let you know. Watch for the following warnings, and if you notice any, schedule a transmission fluid change at our service center as soon as possible:

  • Dirty transmission fluid
  • Strange noises (often a whining or grinding sound from the transmission)
  • Slipping gears
  • Your vehicle won’t reverse
  • Your transmission dashboard symbols are illuminating

Schedule Your Transmission Fluid Change Today!

The certified technicians in our service center are ready to help maintain your transmission, so you can enjoy a smooth and efficient ride on the streets of Saco, Portland, and Scarborough, ME. All you have to do is schedule an appointment at Ira Honda Saco!

Use our online portal or give us a call. Our professionals will be happy to speak to you about your model’s transmission needs.


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