Have you checked your transmission fluid recently?

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A transmission flush is a fairly lengthy procedure due for most cars around the 100,000-mile mark. Some newer Fords can last up to 130,000 or even 150,000 miles, check your owners manual for specific instructions regarding your vehicle. Inside your transmission, there is oil that keeps gears and moving parts moving smoothly; and after a certain amount of use, the oil needs to be changed.

The process involves draining the transmission fluid already in the vehicle, flushing the space with specific cleaning chemicals one or more times, and refilling the space with anywhere from 5-12 quarts of fluid. The newer fluid will be translucent and red in color, the older fluid will be browner or even black in color.

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 the operating temperature of the transmission, and heat puts more strain on the transmission and the fluid, which helps facilitate gear shifts, cools the transmission and lubricates moving parts.

Changing your transmission fluid at scheduled intervals can help maintain the life of your engine, improve or maintain gas mileage, and help with sluggish acceleration.

Because the process is so involved, and the maintenance is only done every 100,000 miles or more, the maintenance can e costly. And at some shops, you may pay as much as $150 for the service. But neglecting this car care step can hamper the performance of your vehicle and cost you more money and efficiency in the future.

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