How To Check Transmission Fluid

Changing transmission fluid

How often do you check your transmission fluid? Checking your transmission fluid is a simple task that can tell you a lot about the health of your vehicle. And if you’ve never popped open the hood, the service center at John Holt Auto Group, Inc. is here to help. Learn how to check your transmission fluid like a pro, and learn even more service tips from our experts in Chickasha!



Checking Transmission Fluid: Step-by-Step Guide 

Checking your transmission fluid just takes a few minutes of your time in Norge, but it can provide valuable information. You can easily see if your reservoir is leaking, if your fluid is contaminated, or if it’s time for a top off. Find out how to check your transmission fluid below:

  1. Warm up the engine to properly check the fluid level. Then park the car and pop the hood.
  2. Look for the transmission fluid dipstick to the right of the oil dipstick, or check your owner’s manual for a diagram.
  3. Pull out the dipstick and touch the fluid with your fingertips. As you move it between your thumb and forefinger, see if it feels dirty or gritty with a burnt smell. This indicates contamination. Ideally, it should be smooth and clear with a pinkish hue.
  4. Wipe off the dipstick completely and place it back into the reservoir. Pull it out one more time to check the level. If it is under the “Full” marking, be sure to add more with a funnel. Do not overfill.

Transmission Fluid: FAQs

When to Check the Fluid in a Sealed Transmission? 

If you look for the dipstick and can’t find it, check your owner’s manual to see if you have a sealed transmission. A sealed transmission is designed to prevent the contamination and waste of fluid. Because it’s sealed, you’ll need to have it checked by a mechanic – especially if you notice strange noises and hesitation between gear changes or acceleration.

How Often Do You Check Your Transmission Fluid?

If you have a regular automatic transmission, checking the transmission fluid once per month is a great idea. You can also use this time to check the power steering fluid and engine oil, along with tasks like tire pressure and tread checks. If you have a manual transmission, you’ll need to access a plug underneath the car with a jack, so many Amber drivers just schedule a service appointment for convenience.

How Often Do You Change Your Transmission Fluid?

Most Tabler drivers get around 50,000 to 100,000 miles before a transmission fluid flush, but this depends on your driving habits and vehicle type. Check your owner’s manual for extra guidelines. And if you notice problems with shifting gears before that point, be sure to visit the service center to rule out any serious problems. 

Get Your Transmission Serviced at John Holt Auto Group, Inc. Today

We’ve gone over how to check transmission fluid, but if you have any questions at all about checking transmission fluid, contact our service center at John Holt Auto Group, Inc.. We can guide you through DIY car care and arrange for a full transmission service if needed, so stop by Chickasha for all your automotive needs.


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