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Which transmission fluid is right for your car?

Making sure that none of the fluids in your engine get too low or dirty is an important step to keeping it running smoothly and extending the life of your car. For things like windshield wiper fluid, there isn't much difference between one brand or another. However, when it comes to transmissions, there are many different types of transmission fluids, and it's very important that you use the correct one. A couple of important factors will go into this determination, including the specific make and model of your vehicle.

Another piece of the puzzle is whether you need fluid for automatic transmissions or, if your car is a stick shift, manual transmission fluid. The best place to locate information on exactly what you need for your particular auto is in the owner's manual. Still scratching your head and asking yourself which transmission fluid should you use?

Several ways to determine

Beyond the type of transmission — standard vs. automatic transmission — which type of transmission fluid is best for your car depends on the year it was manufactured. This is important because changes in the engine's design can happen between one year to the next, even within a particular car make and model.

If this is all sounding confusing, remember "when in doubt, call an expert"! You've made a significant investment in your car, and it's better to be safe than sorry when it comes to keeping it in good condition.

Trusting the experts

Fortunately, there are transmission experts in San Diego with the experience and expertise to service nearly all makes and models of cars. Transmasters has an on-site, state-of-the-art transmission service facility capable of fixing or rebuilding all types of transmissions.

Call or drop in today for a free estimate on all your auto repair needs.

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