Buick Rendezvous Parts And Buick Rendezvous Accessories
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The Buick Rendezvous midsize SUV does not require that much maintenance compared to the higher-end vehicle models under the Buick nameplate. And one such key maintenance task is changing the transmission fluid.
Especially important for Rendezvous SUVs with automatic transmissions, the hydraulic transmission fluid coats the gears and various internal mechanisms of the transmission to keep the heat and friction of these parts to a minimum. Although the transmission assembly is sealed from the outside world, the fluid can still escape in miniscule amounts through the various transmission hoses. The fluid also tends to weaken over time, becoming \"burnt\" and losing its lubricating and heat absorption properties. And once the fluid goes too low, it will result in transmission overheating and damage to its moving parts.
It is recommended that the transmission fluid be changed every 60,000-70,000 miles. However, if your Rendezvous sees lots of heavy use, such as off-road driving or towing trailers, it is suggested to change the fluid as early as 30,000 miles. Changing the fluid is also strongly advised if the transmission already exhibits signs of inadequate fluid levels including difficulty in changing gears, stalling, or sluggish driving performance.
Start the engine and let it idle for several minutes. Once it reaches ideal operating temperatures, pull out the transmission fluid dipstick from the side of the engine. Dip the tip of your index finger on the dipstick and rub the fluid between your finger and the tip of your thumb. Ideally, the fluid should be pinkish and clear in consistency. If it has a burnt appearance or has dark particles in it, the fluid has already gone bad and must be changed.
If the transmission fluid does appear clear, take note of where the fluid level in the dipstick is. If the fluid is below the full line of the dipstick, you will need to refill just enough transmission fluid down the fill plug in order to reach the line.
If the transmission fluid does need to be changed, raise the vehicle from the ground and carefully loosen the drain plug underneath the transmission. Once the plug is loose, remove it and let the transmission pour out into a clean and empty oil pan.
After the fluid has slowed down to a trickle, pour a small amount of transmission fluid into the fill hole and let it drain out. Repeat the process until the fluid that comes out of the drain hole is clear. Once this happens, remove the transmission filter and replace it with a new one. Inspect the transmission pan gaskets as well for any signs of wear or damage and replace it if necessary. Replace the drain plug onto the transmission pan and refill the transmission with enough fluid until it reaches the recommended level on the dipstick. Make sure to close the fill plug as soon as the transmission is full to prevent contamination.