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Common Questions About ATF

What It Does, When it Needs To Be Serviced, and More

What is ATF?

Automatic Transmission Fluid - ATF - is a fluid used in cars with an automatic transmission. It helps keep gears lubricated and makes shifting smoother. Over time, the fluid can begin to break down and wear out, which is why regular maintenance is key.

How often should I service my ATF?

The answer to this question depends on the type of vehicle you have and what kind of use it gets. Generally speaking, most manufacturers recommend having your vehicle's ATF serviced every 30,000 to 60,000 miles. However, under certain conditions – such as if you regularly tow heavy loads or drive in extreme heat or cold – you may need to have your fluid serviced more often than that. Be sure to check your owner's manual for specific recommendations for your vehicle.

What are some signs that my ATF needs attention?

Delayed shifts, slipping gears, grinding noises from the transmission and strange odors  can all indicate that something is wrong with your car’s transmission system - including its ATF. If you notice any of these issues, it’s important to take action quickly - by taking your car in for a service appointment at an ATRA-certified shop if necessary - in order to avoid any further damage or costly repairs down the road.

During an ATF service appointment at an ATRA-certified shop, technicians will inspect the condition of your existing fluid and replace it as needed with new fluid that meets OEM specifications. In addition they may also look at other components of your car's transmission system – including filters and seals – making sure they're all working properly and up to spec before lasting any longer than necessary on the road.

In conclusion, regular maintenance of your automotive transmission's Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF) is essential in order for optimal performance of your car over time. Be sure to schedule regular inspections with a reputable ATRA-certified professional in order to ensure continued reliability and safety on the roads!

Gears Transmission Serves the Chattanooga Region

Located off I-75 in Ringgold, Georgia, Gears Transmission is the go-to place for all your transmission needs. Whether you need a repair or regular maintenance, our team of experienced professionals are here to help. We specialize in transmission service and repair for a wide range of vehicles types including cars, trucks, SUVs, vans and more.


Jessica Hicks




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