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Category Archives: Drivetrain

Do You Really Need to Change the Transmission Fluid?

Do You Really Need to Change the Transmission Fluid? Yes, though how often this service should be performed varies by manufacturer and vehicle, and it's open to debate. The manufacturer's maintenance schedule for many automatic transmissions doesn't call for fresh fluid until 100,000 miles or, with some Ford transmissions, even 150,000 miles. A lot of mechanics say that is too long and it should be done at least every 50,000 miles. Manual transmissions may be on a different schedule, so it's best to consult the maintenance schedule in the owner's manual. Like other vital automotive fluids, transmission fluid deteriorates over time. Hard use — such as frequent stop-and-go city driving, hauling heavy loads, trailer towing — will accelerate the deterioration. That kind of driving raises ... read more

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Drivetrain

Low Viscosity ATF and Extended Drain Intervals

Low Viscosity ATF and Extended Drain Intervals

The goal of CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) standards is to increase the average fuel efficiency of all the vehicles on the road to 54.5 MPG by 2025. Every few years until then, manufacturers have a benchmark average MPG to reach. For 2016, the CAFE benchmark is 35.5 MPG. In order to meet these goals, OEMs are improving the efficiency of other vehicle systems such as the engine and transmission. In the transmission system, the focus is on the viscosity of automatic transmission fluid (ATF). ATF has gotten thinner and thinner and OEMs’ recommendations have begun to reflect that. In fact, 40 percent of new passenger cars in the U.S. call for low viscosity ATF. By 2022, that number is expected to be almost 75 percent. Low viscosity ATF offers a number of advantages over high viscosity ATF: Better fluid flow—Because low viscosity ATF is thinner, the transmission does not have to work as hard to push fluid through the system, improving efficiency and increasing pow ... read more

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