Transmission Fluid – What Kind Do I Need & How Much? Critical Facts & Tips
All automatic transmissions require something called automatic transmission fluid (ATF). This fluid helps to lubricate, cool, and perform a number of other jobs on the transmission. Today, there are four main types of transmission fluids. It’s important that you select the right fluid based on your vehicle.
One issue you will run into is that not all transmission fluid is equal, and you won’t be able to use just any transmission fluid on your vehicle. You’ll have to determine what kind of transmission fluid you need and how much your vehicle calls for.
To learn what kind of transmission fluid you need and how much, keep reading.
The 4 Main Types of Transmission Fluid
Back in the day, there were only two types of fluid on the market: type A and type F. Today, there are four main types of transmission fluid. Here’s an overview of each type:
Which Transmission Fluid Is Right for Me?
After reviewing these four main types of transmission fluid, what type is right for you? Unfortunately, we cannot tell you the answer to this question without knowing your vehicle and transmission. The only way that you can select the right transmission fluid is to select fluid specifically made for your transmission.
The good news is that it’s super easy to find out which transmission fluid is right for your vehicle. Just go to your owner’s manual and follow whatever it says. Your owner’s manual will give you the correct information based on your vehicle and transmission.
How Much Do I Need?
How much transmission fluid you’ll need also differs based on your vehicle. Most passenger vehicles take between 4–17 quarts. You will be able to find out how much transmission fluid you need from your owner’s manual.
That being said, make sure not to overfill the transmission fluid. This can be dangerous for your vehicle and transmission.
What if I Don’t Know What Transmission Fluid My Vehicle Needs?
If you don’t know what kind of transmission fluid your vehicle needs or how much, pull out your owner’s manual. Your owner’s manual will contain all the information you need to know about maintaining your transmission, including the ideal transmission fluid type.
If you’ve lost your owner’s manual, you should be able to search it online. Most owner’s manuals are uploaded in digital form online. If you can’t find the owner’s manual online, you can call a dealer or mechanic. In some cases, it will actually be printed on the dipstick as well.
It’s important to select the right transmission fluid based on your vehicle. However, we cannot tell you which transmission fluid is best for you. You will need to look at your owner’s manual to determine the ideal transmission for your vehicle and how much needs to be used.
As a rule of thumb: go to your owner’s manual when in doubt. If you don’t know where your manual is, look online or talk to a dealer. It should be pretty easy to find out which transmission fluid you need when talking to a professional.
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