#AutofactorCarTips: What is ATF?


Automatic cars are not drastically different from manuals, but they do require special lubricants and fluids to keep the gearbox working at the optimum level. One example is automatic transmission fluid, that keeps the gears lubricated so they can switch seamlessly from one gear to another when the system decides the gears should shift. Automatic transmission fluids contain a range of chemicals that are designed to not only lubricate the gearbox, but to keep it clean too, maintaining each component in the best possible condition for as long as possible. 

What is automatic transmission fluid?
Automatic transmission fluid (ATF) is the fluid used in vehicles with automatic transmissions. It is usually red or green.

Why check the automatic transmission fluid level?
Automatic transmission fluid is the lifeblood of the transmission. The fluid produces the hydraulic pressure needed to operate the transmission. It also cools and lubricates the transmission. When the fluid level is low, the pump may draw air into the system. Air in the hydraulic system interrupts the proper flow of automatic transmission fluid. Damage can occur very quickly when transmission fluid is low.

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