How often should you change automatic transmission fluid?

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asked May 14 in Repairs/Maintenance by vichqd (350 points)
How often should you change automatic transmission fluid?

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answered May 14 by Essmann (27,250 points)
You should change automatic transmission fluid every 2 years or every 30,000 to 40,000 miles or whichever comes first.

Most people know to change their engine oil every 3,000 miles or so but not many people think about changing their transmission fluid.

But changing your automatic transmission fluid and filter every 30,000 miles or so will help extend the life of your automatic transmission and keep the automatic transmission shifting properly and prevent breakdowns.

Even if my automatic transmission fluid hasn't reached 30,000 miles I'll still change it before then at around 15,000 miles or so.

That is especially true if I'm planning a long road trip as I do not want anything to go wrong and cause a breakdown so I go over the vehicle and do a lot of preventative maintenance.

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