What Are the Different Types of Transmission Fluid

What Are the Different Types of Transmission Fluid | Integrity Auto Services

When you think about your vehicle, it's easy to visualize the mechanics as a balanced movement and harmony - a dance of pistons, gears, and wheels. Yet, there's a silent component, or to be exact fluid, vital to the longevity and efficiency - transmission fluid. 

What is Transmission Fluid

Transmission fluid - it's a lubricant, but it also serves multi-faceted high-pressure functions that ensure every journey you take isn't just possible but also pleasant. Underestimating its role can lead to a mechanical cacophony rather than a symphony.

For the unversed, your transmission fluid operates under immense stress to perform three crucial tasks: to lubricate moving parts, act as a coolant, and transmit power from the engine to the transmission. As your vehicle busily engages in its daily performance of navigating through traffic, accelerating, and climbing hills, the fluid inside maintains order and prevents the transmission's inner complexities from combusting into chaos.

Different Types Of Transmission Fluids

Now, as every vehicle is unique in design and function, so too are the fluids that cater to their specific needs. There are several types of transmission fluids, each formulated to suit different transmission technologies.

The most widely recognized types are:


These are traditionally used in General Motors and Ford vehicles. If your auto treasure belongs to these large dynasties, chances are these are coursing through its transmission veins.

HFM Fluids (Highly Friction Modified)

Characteristic for their additive packages that significantly alter the friction characteristics for a smoother shift feel, these are largely recommended for some European and Asian vehicles.

Synthetic Fluids

The high-flyers in terms of performance. They tend not to degrade as quickly as their traditional counterparts, making them suitable for modern vehicles that push the envelope when it comes to efficiency and durability.

Type F

An old guard of the transmission fluid lineup, this was originally designed for earlier iterations of automatic gearboxes and is less common today.

CVT Fluid

For those who have embarked on the journey with a Continuously Variable Transmission vehicle, this fluid is manufactured to cope with a unique set of demands and ensures that your ride remains seamless.


Specifically crafted for Chrysler and Dodge vehicles, this type exemplifies dedication to long-term performance and protection of hydraulic components.

Why Maintenance Matters

Like antibodies that adapt and fight unseen battles within us, each type of transmission fluid is uniquely blended to guard against the wear and tear that threatens the health of your vehicle's transmission. And while this may sound all mechanical and detached, in truth, maintaining the right transmission fluid is a form of caretaking. It's a ritual that ensures the heart of your vehicle keeps beating, persevering and facilitating the shared journeys, the vehicle's reliability, and most importantly, your safety!

In caring for your car's transmission fluid, you're not just ticking a box on a maintenance checklist; you're nurturing a pivotal element of your daily life.

So, the next time you need an oil or fluid change, contact us at Integrity Auto Services, and we will take care of it! We also have other services that can be seen in the "Services" tab, so don't hesitate to browse through!