What is an ATF exchange?
An Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF) exchange
is the process of draining old transmission fluid in a car's automatic transmission and replacing it with new oil, as a service at auto repair and maintenance centers.
Is automatic transmission fluid exchange necessary?
So, is it OK to never change transmission fluid? Is automatic transmission fluid exchange necessary?
Over time, transmission fluid can become contaminated with dirt, debris, and other contaminants, and can break down and lose its ability to provide proper lubrication and cooling.
If old, degraded fluid is not removed and replaced with fresh fluid, it can increase transmission wear, reduce fuel economy, and even cause transmission failure.
So it is not OK to never change the transmission fluid in a vehicle equipped with an automatic transmission.
Automatic transmission fluid (ATF) exchanges are also considered a necessary and worthwhile service as part of the regular maintenance program for automatic transmission vehicles.
Automatic transmission fluid exchanges have the following benefits:
Replacing transmission oil is a relatively cheap maintenance service
. Service costs may vary depending on the brand and model of the vehicle and where the service is performed, but it is usually less expensive than replacing a faulty transmission.
② Extend the service life of the gearbox:
Old, degraded gearbox oil will lead to increased gearbox wear, which can lead to expensive repairs and even gearbox failure. By performing regular ATF exchanges, you can help extend the life of your transmission and avoid costly repairs.
③ Improved fuel economy:
Poor transmission performance can also lead to poor fuel economy, as the engine may have to work harder to compensate for the transmission's inefficiency. By performing an ATF replacement, you can help ensure that the transmission runs as efficiently as possible, improving fuel economy.
④ Improve transmission performance:
By replacing the old fluid with fresh fluid, the transmission can run more smoothly and efficiently, thereby improving the overall performance of the vehicle.
⑤ Identify Potential Problems:
During an ATF replacement, a qualified technician may be able to identify potential transmission problems, such as leaks or worn parts, that can be resolved before they lead to more serious problems.
Overall, replacing your ATF on a regular basis will help ensure your vehicle's transmission is running at its best, improving performance, extending the life of the transmission and saving you money in the long run.
Is a transmission fluid exchange the same as a flush?
No, the transmission fluid exchange and a transmission flush are not the same things. Although they all involve the service of replacing old transmission fluid with fresh oil.
During the transmission oil change, a machine is usually used to drain old oil from the transmission and replace it with fresh oil.
This process is usually done with the engine running and the transmission in neutral or park.
The purpose of this service is to remove old oil and replace it with fresh oil. And will not interfere with any debris that may accumulate in the transmission.
In contrast, transmission flushing involves using a machine to force a cleaning solution through the transmission and cooler lines under high pressure.
The purpose is to remove any debris or sludge that may be present. Then drain the old fluid and add new fluid. While this procedure is more effective at removing debris than a fluid swap, it can also be more aggressive and more likely to damage the transmission or its components.
How long does transmission fluid last in years?
Do you need to exchange the transmission oil frequently? Transmission fluid life depends on a variety of factors, including the type of transmission fluid, vehicle type and driving conditions. As a general rule of thumb, we recommend changing the transmission fluid every 30,000 to 60,000 miles to ensure optimum performance and life of the transmission. Of course, some newer vehicles or synthetic transmission fluids may last longer. But notice any signs of transmission problems, such as slipping, rough shifting, or unusual noises. The fluid should be checked and changed if necessary, regardless of the recommended intervals.
An ATF exchanger
is a machine used by automotive technicians to perform automatic transmission fluid (ATF) exchanges. This machine is designed to quickly and efficiently remove old ATF from the transmission and replace it with fresh fluid.
Using an ATF exchanger will help ensure that all old fluid is removed from the transmission, which is important as not all old fluid can be drained simply by removing the transmission plate. Also, some vehicles may have a hidden filter that cannot be accessed without using an ATF switch.
We recommend SmartSafe's CAT-501S and CAT-601S
for you. These two are professional transmission oil replacement equipment. They have all the functions of a transmission oil change service. Moreover, the operation is flexible and simple and can be mastered quickly.