How to Check Your Transmission Fluid

Transmission fluid is essential for proper vehicle function and for preventing serious damage down the road, which is why you should check the transmission fluid level on a regular basis. Follow these steps below to find out how to check your transmission fluid:

  1. Turn the engine on for a few minutes before proceeding, since the engine should be warmed up to properly check the level. Make sure your car is in park before getting out and opening the hood.
  2. Locate the transmission fluid dipstick, which is typically located to the right of the oil dipstick in front-wheel drive vehicles. With a manual transmission, you may need a jack to access a plug located beneath the car. Your owner’s manual will help if you can’t locate the dipstick right away.
  3. To test the condition of the fluid, pull out the dipstick and touch the fluid, moving it around between your thumb and forefinger. The liquid should be translucent with pink hue. If it looks dirty, opaque, or a darker rust color, or if it gives off a burnt smell, take it to a service center for replacement.
  4. Use a rag to wipe off the dipstick. To check the fluid level, put the dipstick back and then pull it out again. If it’s under the “Full” marking, you’ll need to add more.
  5. A funnel is an easy way to top off the transmission fluid level, but be sure not to overfill it.

How Often Do You Check Your Transmission Fluid?

All main fluids should be checked monthly to maintain the desired levels. These main fluids include: transmission fluid, power steering fluid, and engine oil. As always, you can consult your owner’s manual for a more specific maintenance schedule.

Transmission Fluid Tips

  1. There different types of transmission fluids for recent models, manual transmissions, and automatic transmissions. Check your owner’s manual to make sure you buy the correct type of transmission fluid.
  2. If your vehicle hesitates before shifting gears, it might be due to low transmission fluid. However, it could be a sign of a more serious problem. Check the fluid level first, but if it’s fine, schedule service with us today for further inspection
  3. Transmission fluid should be replaced every 50,000 to 100,000 miles, but this can vary depending on driving habits around New Albany, type of transmission, climate, and other factors.

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