Other Major Vehicle Component Oil Changes

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Contaminated or worn out oils cause breakdowns and repair/replacements of expensive components.

The schedule on which your fluids will need to be changed is determined by:

  • Year & Model of the vehicle
  • Operating Conditions such as:
    • Dusty conditions
    • High speed travel for long distances
    • High frequency of travel under 30mph
    • High or low ambient temperatures
    • Towing
    • Load carrying
    • Idling frequency
    • High periods of stop and go driving
  • Mileage or running hours since your last component oil change.
  • Time between specific component oil changes
  • Compenent type:
    • Transmission
    • Brakes
    • Power Steering
    • Rear Differential
    • Front Differential
    • Transfer Case

Regular changing of the above oils will maximize performance, fuel economy, and reliability. While some driving patterns may need more, and some factory schedules may vary, a safe and conservative long term cost effective approach for most drivers would be:

  • Consider the potential cost of major repairs and breakdowns in your decisions. (A minor cost now safes a major cost later.)
  • Consider early oil changes, oil changes before long trips or heavy use.
  • Every 30,000 miles have a professional technician check your transmission oil.
    • Models prior to 2008 routinely call for replacement at 30,000 mile increments
    • Transmission replacements can cost thousands of dollars!
  • Every 50,000 miles have a professional technician check your brake and power steering fluids. Safety has NO cost/benetfit formula
  • Every 60,000 miles have a professional technician check your differential and transfer case oils. Repairing these components can cost thousands of dollars.
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