How to Safely and Responsibly Dispose of Transmission Fluid

Posted by on Monday, January 12th, 2015

An automatic transmission is an integral part of your car. Image source: Wikimedia Commons

Disposing of transmission fluid the RIGHT way helps protect the environment and potentially your health.
Image source: Wikimedia Commons

There’s a right way to dispose of transmission fluid, and there’s a wrong way. We hope that after you read this article, you’ll be provided with enough knowledge to safely and responsibly dispose of it the right way.

To begin, transmission fluid is something that circulates through engines and is designed to lubricate the gears in your transmission. As a general rule of thumb, you should consider having it changed out every 30,000 miles or so. If you take the DIY approach and change out your own transmission fluid, you’ll need to follow strict disposal rules so that you don’t damage the environment or health.

Step 1

Fill a sealed plastic bottle or milk jug. Be sure that the bottle doesn’t contain other oils or fluids since many waste facilities aren’t going to accept mixed fluids.

Step 2

Place a funnel into the opening of the bottle and pour the transmission into it. Then, remove the funnel and replace the cap.

Step 3

Transport your transmission fluid to a collection site. Check county government offices or municipal offices to find out exactly where these are. If all else fails, you can always take the transmission fluid to a local automotive center. The A518 Chrysler 4-Speed Automatic Transmission is an efficient and durable model that should last the lifetime of your vehicle if maintained properly.

Other Considerations to Keep in Mind

Remember that many auto stores in your area will likely recycle your old transmission fluid without charging you. They may also take other types of fluids like engine or gear oils. As a matter of fact, these used fluids are regulated by the EPA, so the automotive center actually has incentive to accept them from you since they’ll make money on the oils they cell to refineries. If you don’t know where else to go with your oil transmission fluid then an automotive center is a great place to start.

Above anything, never dump old transmission fluid down a drain, and never mix it with motor oil. Just because they look the same, doesn’t mean that they are compatible, and will actually prevent you from being able to give it to an automotive center. You should never dump old transmission fluid on the grass, the sidewalk, or anywhere else where animals or people might be exposed to it.

It’s not friendly for the environment, and it can actually lead to an infraction if you’re caught. If you have the funds, you can always have your transmission fluid changed at an automotive shop. Here, they’ll not only do all of the work for you but they’ll also dispose of the fluid too so that you won’t need to worry about it.

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