How to Check Transmission Fluid

August 27th, 2018 by

Auto Service Technician Checking Engine

Whether your check engine light is on or it’s been a while since you brought your car in for maintenance, it’s a good idea to have your transmission fluid checked from time to time. In general, transmission fluid needs to be replaced every 30,000 to 60,000 miles, so check your transmission fluid today, and then make the trip from Maple Grove, MN to Cornerstone Plymouth to get it replaced by our professional technicians.

Do You Check Transmission Fluid with the Car Running?

Before you get started with your transmission fluid check, it’s important to know that you should keep the car running. If you’re in a garage, make sure the door is open and that the space is well ventilated.

Steps for Checking Transmission Fluid

  1. Locate the dipstick: On front-wheel drive (FWD) vehicles, the transmission fluid dipstick is usually located at the front end of the vehicle when you open the hood, sticking out of the transaxle. Rear-wheel drive (RWD) vehicles usually have their transmission fluid dipstick sticking out of the transmission, toward the back when you pop the hood.
  2. Pull out the dipstick: With the car warm, running, in park, and with the parking brake engaged, pull out the transmission fluid dipstick.
  3. Check fluid quality: Touch the fluid on the dipstick and move it around between your finger and thumb. The fluid should be nearly transparent and a pink hue. If there is debris in the fluid or it smells burnt, it’s time to take it to a mechanic for a transmission fluid replacement.
  4. Check the fluid level & add more if necessary: Clean the dipstick with a clean rag and then put it back in and pull it out again. If it doesn’t reach the “Full” line on the dipstick, then add more transmission fluid with a funnel.

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