How to Check Transmission Fluid

Transmission Fluid Pouring into Funnel

Looking to learn how to check your transmission fluid? Let Auffenberg Mazda help. It’s important to check your vehicle’s transmission fluid on a regular basis to ensure everything is running in top shape so you can keep driving around O'Fallon.

Checking Your Transmission Fluid Step by Step

  1. Turn the engine on for a few minutes before proceeding, since the engine should be warmed up to properly check the level. Turn the engine off. Make sure your car is in park before getting out and opening the hood.
  2. Find the transmission fluid dipstick. On front-wheel drive cars, it’s usually located to the right of the oil dipstick. Check your owner’s manual if you’re having trouble finding it.
  3. Remove the dipstick and touch the fluid, moving it around between your thumb and forefinger. The fluid should be nearly clear, with a pink hue. If it looks dirty or gives off a burnt smell, take it to a service center for replacement.
  4. Use a rag to wipe off the dipstick. Then insert it back into the vehicle. Pull it out again and check the level. If it’s under the “Full” marking, you’ll need to add more.
  5. If necessary, use a funnel to bring the fluid level up to the right spot. Be sure not to overfill it.
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If you run into any issues, or if you’d simply like a certified technician take a look for you, make your way to the Auffenberg Mazda service center. We look forward to helping you get back onto Collinsville roads quicker.

How Often Do You Check Your Transmission Fluid?

It’s recommended you check the main fluid levels of your car monthly. This includes checking your transmission fluid, power steering fluid, and engine oil. Not sure how? Your owner’s manual is a helpful guide to better caring for your vehicle. As always, our service technicians are at your service should you decide you want a professional opinion.

Transmission Fluid Basics

Your vehicle’s transmission is one of the most complex parts of your vehicle. Make sure that before you go about checking your transmission fluid, you keep the following tips in mind:

  • Not all transmission fluid is the same, with different types for recent models, manual transmissions, and automatic transmissions. Your owner’s manual will recommend a particular type of transmission fluid.
  • Checking the fluid on a manual transmission will usually require a jack to access a plug located beneath the car. For most drivers, a visit to our service center near Fairview is more convenient.
  • If your vehicle hesitates before shifting gears, it might be due to low transmission fluid. This could be a sign of a more serious problem. Check the fluid level first, but if it’s fine, schedule service with us today.
  • You’ll want to replace your transmission fluid every 50,000 to 100,000 miles. The actual amount depends on your driving habits, type of transmission, and other factors. Check your owner’s manual for a more specific replacement interval.

Rely on Auffenberg Mazda For All Your Service Needs

Whether you have service questions or you want to schedule service to keep up with your vehicle’s regular maintenance schedule, we can help! Our dealership also offers service specials to help you save even more on the services your vehicle needs. Contact us today to learn more about how to remove a car battery, about our other services, and more!

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