How to Check Transmission Fluid

Your transmission is an important part of your vehicle’s operation, so it’s best to make it a habit to check your transmission fluid. If your vehicle starts to show signs such as hesitation when shifting or strange sounds, it may be time to check your vehicle’s transmission fluid.

We want the best for our customers in Chicago, Skokie and Park Ridge, which is why we’ve put together this article on how to check transmission fluid in your vehicle. Follow these steps to ensure your vehicle is safe and reliable on the road.

The Importance of Transmission Fluid

Your transmission running properly depends on its own fluid, which is why a low transmission fluid level can have a significant impact on how your vehicle runs.

Ideally, your transmission fluid should be checked at least once a month. This will help you stay ahead of slow leaks and prevent costly repairs from a damaged transmission in the future.

How to Check Transmission Fluid

Before you begin, make sure that your vehicle is on level ground. Start the engine and keep it running the entire time, but wait until it reaches normal operating temperature before you check it out.

Hold your foot on the brake pedal and move your gear shift through the gears. Do this slowly and carefully. Then, put the shifter back into park and set the parking brake.

Now it’s time to open the hood. Locate your transmission fluid dipstick. On a front-wheel drive vehicle, this will be on the driver’s side and near the transmission. On a rear-wheel drive vehicle, this will be on the passenger’s side, near the back of the engine.

Remove the transmission dipstick and wipe it down with a clean, light-colored rag or paper towel. Slide the dipstick back down into the tube, making sure that it goes all the way back down.

Pull the dipstick out again and compare the fluid level with the markings at the end of the dipstick. If it doesn’t quite reach the “Full” line, use a funnel to pour enough transmission fluid into the reservoir.

Always use the transmission fluid recommended by the manufacturer and be careful not to overfill.

Your transmission fluid should be nearly clear and free from any particles. If it has a burned smell, particles or isn’t light in color, it needs to be changed by a professional service technician.

A Word of Caution

When checking your transmission fluid, keep in mind that this requires you to work under the hood of your vehicle while it’s running. There are many moving components, so be careful to avoid contact with anything other than your transmission fluid dipstick.

If you prefer, you can take your vehicle to the nearest service center to have your transmission fluid checked by a service technician.

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Now that you know how to check transmission fluid, you’ll be better equipped to stay ahead of your vehicle’s transmission problems and avoid costly repairs.

If you’re in Chicago, Skokie or Park Ridge and prefer to have a professional service technician check your transmission fluid, don’t hesitate to stop by Marino Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram. We’ll be happy to help with all your transmission needs, from checking your transmission fluid to full transmission repairs. Contact us today!