How To Check Transmission Fluid

How To Check Transmission Fluid


The majority of automotive technicians agree you should check your transmission fluid at least twice per year. The good news is that with proper guidance, checking your vehicle’s transmission fluid is relatively easy to do!

Here at Key Cars, our service team is committed to helping you keep your vehicle in great condition. That’s why we created this step-by-step guide explaining how to check transmission fluid at home.

Read on so you can hit the streets of Milford, Manchester, and Middletown with full confidence!


How To Check Transmission Fluid

Why Should I Check My Transmission Fluid?

In a nutshell, your vehicle’s transmission safely distributes the energy created by the engine to your vehicle’s tires. Without it, you literally wouldn’t be able to move. Transmission fluid helps hold and shift the complex system of interlocking gears, making it easier to do things like accelerate, brake, and reverse.

Transmission fluid also helps prevent your gears from overheating while removing any dangerous debris. Over time, your fluid will slowly transform from an odorless and translucent red color to an opaque dark brown. If left alone, this can lead to things like overheating, gear slippage, and even a full seizure.

Fortunately, by checking your transmission fluid every few months, you can easily avoid many of these issues.


How To Check Transmission Fluid


How To Check Transmission Fluid

How To Check Your Transmission Fluid: 5 Easy Steps

You don’t need to be a trained mechanic to perform this quick bit maintenance. In fact, checking your transmission fluid is one of the easiest tasks to perform:

Step One: Park On a Level Surface

For an accurate reading, park inside your garage with the door open or on any level ground.

Step Two: Warm Up The Engine

With your vehicle in park, turn on the engine and let in run for 5 to 10 minutes. You also can go for a quick drive around the neighborhood.

Step Three: Locate the Transmission Dipstick

If you’re like most American drivers, you probably have an automatic transmission. If so, look for a yellow hook located near your engine block.

If your vehicle is equipped with front-wheel drive, this hook will be closer to you. If your vehicle is rear-wheel drive, the dipstick will be closer to the windshield.

Step Four: Inspect the Color and Scent

Using a shop rag, pull the dipstick from its holster. Take note of the fluid’s color and odor. Remember: Healthy transmission fluid should be odorless and have a red translucent color. Wipe the dipstick with the rag before returning it to its holster.

Step Five: Check the Fluid Level

Pull the dipstick from its holster and observe the two markings at the bottom of the stick. If your transmission fluid doesn’t rise to the second “warm” line, you’ll need to add more fluid.


Schedule Transmission Service Today

Of course, if you feel more comfortable handing this task over to a pro, the service center at Key Cars is ready to help.

Whether you need a quick checkup or a complete transmission flush, our team can have you back on the roads of Milford, Manchester, and Middletown in no time.


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