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How to Check Transmission Fluid in Your Car

Changing transmission fluid

 

Knowing how to regularly check your transmission fluid can help prevent maintenance issues before they become a serious problem to your vehicle and your wallet. Your vehicle’s transmission is responsible for moving it forward on Hobe Sound roads, so regularly checking transmission fluid levels is essential to keeping it operational. Find out more about how to check transmission fluid levels on pre-owned or newer models with the experts at INFINITI Stuart below!

Checking Transmission Fluid: Step-by-Step Guide

If you’re learning to check transmission fluid levels in your car by yourself, you’re in good hands! Just follow these simple steps: 

  1. Turn the engine on for a few minutes before proceeding, since the engine should be warmed up to properly check the level. Make sure your car is in the park mode 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. Use a funnel to bring the fluid level up to the right spot. Be sure not to overfill it.

How Often Do You Check Your Transmission Fluid?

Experts recommend checking the main fluid levels of your car once a month, as well as checking your engine oil and power steering fluid levels as well. However, you should consult your specific vehicle’s owner manual for a definitive maintenance schedule. 

Transmission Fluid Basics

Learning how to check your transmission fluid is only half the battle. The transmission is one of the most complex parts of a vehicle, so before you begin checking the fluid, you should brush up on the basics of how this essential aspect of your car works: 

  • 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.
  • If your vehicle hesitates before shifting gears, it might be due to low transmission fluid. However, it could be a sign of a more serious problem. Check the fluid level first, but if it’s fine, schedule service with us today.
  • 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 Port Saint Lucie is more convenient.
  • 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.

Get Exceptional Service at INFINITI Stuart

Have any further questions about how often you should check your transmission fluid levels or any other maintenance issues? Contact us online to find out more information! You can also feel free to visit us at INFINITI Stuart in Stuart to speak to one of our team members face-to-face!

 

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