How to Check Transmission Fluid

December 7th, 2020 by

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The transmission fluid is what launches your car forward on the Elk Grove roads. Like all fluids, your transmission fluid will need to be changed over time to help keep your vehicle running properly. If you’re unsure how to check your transmission fluid, then don’t fret. Kareem Auto Sales Inc has you covered with this handy guide that shows you how to check transmission fluid in your new or used vehicle step by step.


Step-by-Step Guide to Checking Transmission Fluid

You don’t have to be an ace mechanic to properly check your transmission fluid. To start the process, perform the following steps:

  1. Turn on the engine and let your vehicle sit for a few minutes. Then, put the car in park and pop open the hood.
  2. Under the hood, you’ll want to locate the transmission fluid dipstick, which is usually located to the right of the oil dipstick. If you’re unsure, you can always consult your vehicle’s owner’s manual.
  3. Once you’ve located the district, remove it and touch the fluid on the dipstick. The fluid should be pretty clear but slightly pink. If it looks dirty or smells burnt, then you’ll need to take it to a local Roseville service center to get it replaced.
  4. Wipe off the dipstick with a rag, then re-insert the dipstick. Pull the dipstick out again and check to see if the fluid level is at the “full” mark. If it’s below this mark, then you’ll need more fluid.
  5. Bring the fluid level up to the right spot with a funnel but be sure not to overfill.

You should check the transmission fluid of your vehicle at least once a month to keep an eye on its condition.

Other Transmission Fluid Tips

Knowing how to check your transmission fluid is essential to keeping your car running like new on the Folsom roads. Here are some other helpful transmission fluid basics:

  • Be sure to consult your owner’s manual for what type of transmission fluid your vehicle needs since not all transmission fluids are the same.
  • When checking the fluid on a manual transmission, you’ll usually need a jack to access a plug underneath the vehicle. It may be better to bring your vehicle into a service center if you have a manual transmission.
  • If your vehicle hesitates before it shifts gears, then this could be an indicator of low transmission fluid. Check your fluid level and if your fluid level is fine, then it could point to a more serious problem.
  • The recommendation for changing your transmission fluid is about every 50,000 to 100,000 miles, but you’ll want to check your owner’s manual for a more specific number.
  • If you have a sealed transmission, then you’ll need to bring your vehicle into a service center as special tools are required to access it.

For other vehicle maintenance tips like how to fix dents and scratches, visit Kareem Auto Sales Inc.

Keep Your Vehicle Running Smoothly with Kareem Auto Sales Inc

Now that you know how to check your transmission fluid properly, you can keep an eye out for your vehicle’s condition. Contact us to explore our inventory if you’re looking for a pre-owned vehicle or learn other helpful DIY tips, like how to jump-start a car.


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