When buyers in Freehold, Farmingdale, and Monroe Township shop for their next great Dodge, they're normally not concerned about the specifics of the transmission. It's in the vehicle, it makes the car work, and it'll last - those are the important factors, right?

The mechanics of your Dodge work together as a team to get you to where you need to go, and the transmission is one of the key players. If your transmission fails, your vehicle won't budge. For this reason, it's extremely important that you provide your car with regular service checks and become knowledgeable on basic transmission maintenance. Continue reading to learn how often to change transmission fluid. 

What Is the Transmission?

You hear the word "transmission" and know that the part is important for your vehicle, but what is it exactly? The transmission acts as a pathway for energy, allowing the engine to successfully power the wheels.

The transmission also contains all of the gears of the vehicle. For example, when you place the car in the park or drive position, you're changing the gear within the transmission of your Dodge, essentially telling the component how you would like your car to move.

When the transmission fails, there's no communication between you, the engine, and the wheels. 

When Do I Need to Have the Transmission Serviced?

The transmission is filled with fluid that keeps the parts moving smoothly. This fluid will be checked at your regular service appointments, though it's not necessary to change the fluid each time.

While many people will swear they get better performance by having this fluid changed whenever their oil is changed, the truth is transmission fluid is designed to last a long time. For your Dodge, you'll typically need to change it around the 100,000-mile mark. Be sure to check your owner's manual for the maintenance schedule of your particular year and model.  

When to Be Concerned

Some drivers may experience issues with the transmission of their vehicle before it's time to have the part serviced. Repairing a transmission isn't only a huge inconvenience, but mechanic work can also be very expensive. It's important to recognize potential warnings that your transmission may fail before it's too late to remedy the problem.

Here are some signs that you need to have your transmission checked by a professional Dodge mechanic:

  • Delayed response when shifting gears
  • Hard shifting
  • Strange whining noise or clicking
  • Grinding or jerking while driving
  • Low or leaking fluid
  • A burning smell (caused by overheating transmission fluid)
  • Refusal to shift into gear
  • Noisy in neutral
  • Slipping gears

The transmission can be described as the backbone of a vehicle. If this component fails, the car is paralyzed and you're stranded. It's important that you bring your car to a professional Dodge mechanic in the area of Freehold, Farmingdale, and Monroe Township to have regular maintenance on your transmission performed.

To schedule a regular service appointment or an appointment to repair your transmission, visit our services page and contact a Freehold Dodge representative today.  


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