How to Check Transmission Fluid

Mechanic Checking Transmission Fluid

How often do you check your transmission fluid? How often do you check your transmission fluid? These are important questions. Ensuring your transmission fluid is topped off is as important as getting an oil change. North Wales drivers can read on to get answers to all of these questions. Then, if you want us to take a look, explore our service specials to see just how much you can save and get in touch with our service center for help!


Checking Your Levels in 5 Steps

Lansdale drivers can simply follow these steps:

  1. Start your engine and let it run for a few minutes before proceeding. When it comes how to check your transmission fluid, it needs to be warmed up before you can get an accurate read on where the levels are at. Once you’ve let the engine run for a few minutes, pop the hood. Don’t forget to put the car in park. 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 park before getting out and opening the hood.
  2. Once under the hood, find your transmission fluid dipstick. It’s right next to the oil dipstick if you drive FWD. Check your owner’s manual if you’re having trouble finding it.
  3. Insert the dipstick into the fluid, then inspect the fluid. It should be clear or slightly pinkish. If it looks dirty or smells burnt, go to a service center asap.
  4. Now you’ll want to check the levels. Reinsert the dipstick into the reservoir. Pull it out and see with marking on your stick the fluid stain rises too. If it’s anything less than the “full” marking, you’ll want to top it off.
  5. Get a funnel and pour fluid through it into your reservoir until you hit the full marking.

Have any issues or questions? Don’t hesitate to reach out to North Penn Mazda.

Checking the Fluid in a Sealed Transmission

If you can’t find the dipstick, your car probably has a sealed transmission. “What is a sealed transmission,” you ask. It’s a transmission that’s sealed to limit the amount of fluid that’s wasted through evaporation and other factors. You don’t want to attempt to check the fluid yourself as you risk damaging your car. Our service team will gladly check the transmission fluid level when you bring your car in for service.

When to Check the Fluid in a Sealed Transmission

Since you can’t check your transmission fluid yourself, you’ll have to watch for more symptomatic signs that you’re due for a top-off. Keep an eye out for the following:

  • Strange noises when your gears shift
  • Hesitating gears
  • Gear don’t shift smoothly as you accelerate

How Often Do You Check Your Transmission Fluid?

Check your owner’s manual for specifics. This figure varies depending on what kind of transmission you have. If you don’t have a sealed transmission, we recommend you check the levels of your transmission fluid, power steering fluid, and engine oil every month.

Let North Penn Mazda Help!

Do you have further questions about how often to check your transmission fluid? Have any lingering questions about our answer to the question, “How often do you change your transmission fluid?” North Penn Mazda is here to help. Just give us a call at (215) 822-1361. Do you have questions about other car care concerns? We can answer those too, and you can also explore our site for helpful reads about everything from how often to change your oil to when to change your engine air filter!

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Your cooling system regulates engine temperatures for both cold and warm weather conditions. This service will help prevent rust and corrosion in the cooling system. Service includes:
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· Check all fluids, wiper blades and drive belts

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