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Knowing when your car needs more water is easy; your temperature gauge suddenly spikes and you can see steam coming from your radiator. Your transmission fluid, however, isn’t as visually alarming. This article includes helpful information to help you identify the signs that your transmission fluid needs changing.

How to Know When It's Time to Change Your Transmission Fluid

An everyday motorist can’t be expected to know anything and everything about their engines. If they were, there wouldn’t be any mechanics. However, there are a number of easy maintenance items which every motorist can understand, and when to replace your transmission fluid is one of them. With an extensive range of transmission fluids available, Synthetics Northwest knows what to look out for and has some information to share.

Your Fluid Level Is Low

It sounds obvious, but many car owners don’t know that there is a transmission fluid container visible upon opening the hood of their car. More importantly, it likely includes indicators on the outside to tell you when you are running at ‘MIN’. If you can see that your fluid is closer to the ‘MIN’ indicator than it is to the ‘MAX’, now would be a good time for a synthetic transmission fluid change.


If these noises sound familiar when you change gears, then it’s likely that your transmission fluid needs to be changed. The most common reason that you are hearing these sounds is that there is not a sufficient level of synthetic transmission fluid to lubricate your gears and the system that changes them. When your transmission is forced to change gears without sufficient lubrication, instead of a smooth and productive change, you will hear the sounds of metal grinding against metal. Never a good sound to hear when driving.

Come on, You Can Get There!

Do you find yourself trying to talk your car into changing gears with lots of pleases and promises? If your answer is yes, then it’s likely that your transmission fluid could do with a top up or a full synthetic transmission fluid change. Similar to the point above, this is because the set of metal gears, cogs, and engine parts doesn’t have enough lubrication to do what it needs to do - change gears and keep you going. If you have to sweet talk your gears into changing, it’s time to consider a synthetic transmission fluid change. Instead of making promises to your to your car which you can’t keep, give Synthetics Northwest a call at (503) 371-7184 and ask about the right product to use to replace your existing transmission fluid. Alternatively, their online store has plenty of information on each of the transmission fluids available such as AMSOIL's  which can help you make the right decision along with all the products you need for a full synthetic oil change in Salem, OR.

I Thought I Was in Third I'm in Neutral?

No, you aren’t going crazy. Thinking that you changed gears and then finding that you’re suddenly coasting along in neutral is called ‘slipping gears’. Gear slipping can occur when there isn’t enough pressure to hold each gear in place. This isn’t necessarily a sign that you don’t have enough transmission fluid, but that contaminants and debris are stopping the flow of transmission fluid to and throughout your transmission.

What's That Light on Your Dashboard?

The more advanced that engines become, the more warning lights there seem to be on your dashboard. Unfortunately, each light isn’t as descriptive or identifiable as your car manufacturer may believe. If you can see a light on your dashboard which you don’t recognize then it’s possible it is telling you that your transmission fluid needs changing. The best way to find out is to match the light against the information included in your car owner’s manual.


Have you ever been driving and suddenly notice that your car unexpectedly surges forward. How about when you are driving along smoothly and suddenly it falls back before picking back up again? If your transmission system doesn’t have a smooth flow of clean synthetic transmission fluid, the cogs inside your transmission system can’t operate consistently. While this behavior can be a sign of bigger problems, if you do notice this is happening as you drive, your transmission fluid is the first place to start your diagnostics.

Don't Let Your Transmission Fluid Ruin Your Drive

Instead of listening to horrible sounds or experiencing clunky gear changes, speak with Synthetics Northwest by calling (503) 371-7184 and ask about which synthetic transmission fluid is best suited to your vehicle. Information about the full range of synthetic transmission fluids for your next synthetic oil change in Salem, OR is also available on their website to help guide you in the right direction.

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