How to Check Transmission Fluid

Hand Pouring Transmission Fluid

 

Dallas-area drivers need to understand how important checking your transmission fluid is, as well as how often to check transmission fluid. Which is why our service department is here to provide you with all of the information you need to keep your vehicle on a routine of regular service. The transmission fluid is what drives your vehicle forward, so if there’s a problem with your transmission fluid, then you’re going to be stuck in place. We’ll show how often to check your transmission fluid and even show you how it’s done, all to save you money and hassle down the road. If your vehicle is in need of service, then contact us or take advantage of our schedule service online tool.

Step-by-Step Guide to Checking Transmission Fluid

Do you drive an older model vehicle in Edmond? Chances are you have a traditional transmission with a dipstick that can be removed and reinserted. Reference the steps below to quickly and easily check your transmission fluid levels:

  1. The engine should be warmed up when you check the fluid level, so start by turning your car on. Put it in “Park,” then get out and pop the hood. 
  2. Start by finding the dipstick. On FWD cars, the dipstick is typically found to the right of the oil dipstick. Refer to your owner’s manual for guidance if necessary. 
  3. Take out the dipstick. Touch the fluid and examine it closely. It should have a slightly pink hue. Schedule service immediately if you notice that the fluid has a burnt smell or is discolored. 
  4. Wipe the dipstick off with a rag. Then, reinsert the dipstick. Remove it once again and check the level. You’ll want to add more fluid if the level is under the “Full” marking. 
  5. Add more fluid using a funnel until it reaches the “Full” marking. It’s important that you do not overfill your vehicle!

How Often Do You Check Your Transmission Fluid?

How often do you check your transmission fluid? You’ll want to check your transmission fluid level at least once a month to prevent any issues from developing. When it comes to replacing (AKA “flushing”) transmission fluid, you’ll want to stick to your vehicle’s recommended maintenance intervals which can be found in your manual. For a manual transmission, most manufacturers generally recommend that you change the fluid every 30,000 to 60,000 miles. If you have an automatic, you’ll want to schedule a transmission flush anywhere from 30,000 to 100,000 miles.

How To Check Transmission Fluids in a Sealed System

Is it possible to check your transmission fluids in a sealed system? Not on your own. If you drive a newer model, there’s a good chance your car is furnished with a sealed transmission. What is a sealed transmission? “Sealed” means there’s no removable dipstick you can use to measure the fluid. If you have a sealed transmission, don’t attempt to access it at home. Our certified service technicians have the experience and tools necessary to service sealed transmission appropriately! This is a good time to schedule other much-needed routine services as well, such as an oil change or air filter replacement. 

Bob Moore Auto Group Has All of Your Service Needs near Tulsa

If your car is ready for its service, then don’t hesitate to schedule service today with our team. We’ll make it easy for you to get your vehicle in and out in no time, so you can get back onto the road quickly. If you’re more of a DIY type, then you can view our selection of service tips and tricks

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