How To Check Your Transmission Fluid

Transmission Fluid Change

It’s crucial that you know how to check your vehicle’s transmission fluid as this is part of the key to keeping your vehicle running smoothly for years to come.Thankfully, checking your transmission fluid isn’t hard. Find out how to check your transmission fluid with the helpful guide ourservice team put together.

Checking Your Transmission Fluid

So, how often do you check your transmission fluid? It’s generally recommended that drivers check their transmission fluid once a month. Of course, if you tend to drive a lot or are often on gravel roads or other uneven surfaces, you’ll want to check more often. If you’re wondering how to check your transmission fluid, it’s as simple as following these steps:

  1. Turn your car on, as you’ll need to have a warmed up engine before you check your transmission fluid level.
  2. Find the dipstick for the transmission fluid. Front-wheel drive cars will typically have it located to the right of the oil dipstick. If you can’t find it by this method, check your owner’s manual to get a grip on where it is.
  3. Remove the dipstick and touch the fluid, moving it between your thumb and pointer finger. Healthy transmission fluid will be close to clear but have a little bit of pink to it. If you smell burning or the transmission fluid is dirty, it’s time to replace your transmission fluid.
  4. Wipe your dipstick off with a rag, then place it back in your vehicle. Pull the dipstick out again and check the level. If it’s below the marking that signifies if it’s full, it’s time to put more transmission fluid in.
  5. With a funnel, pour in transmission fluid until it reaches the full level, but be careful not to overfill it.

Other Transmission Fluid Facts

After learning how to check your transmission fluid, it’s beneficial to learn about other transmission fluid facts! We have a few you should know:

  • Transmission fluid varies from car to car, with more recent model years having more sophisticated transmission fluid as well as different types of fluid for automatic and manual transmissions. Check your owner’s manual for which transmission fluid is recommended for your car.
  • If you drive a manual, you’ll often need a jack to find a plug located beneath the car. Unless you’re very skilled, this is a task best left to our service professionals.
  • If your vehicle hesitates as you shift gears, it could be the result of low transmission fluid or it could be the sign of something more serious. If this is the case, you are definitely going to want to schedule a service appointment.
  • 50,000 to 100,000 miles is a good interval between transmission fluid replacements.

Ask the Tempe Honda Service Team!

If you’re unsure how to check your vehicle’s transmission fluid or if you’re more comfortable leaving this service to the professionals, schedule an appointment with the Tempe Honda service center. We also offer service specials to help you save more on the services your vehicle needs. Contact us today to learn more or with any questions.

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