How to Check Transmission Fluid

Transmission Fluid Change
Your vehicle’s transmission is a fundamental part of your drivetrain, as it sends power to your wheels. It’s a great idea to follow your maintenance schedule, but Sarasota drivers can also learn how to check transmission fluid from home. Wilde Lexus Sarasota covers how to check transmission fluid below!

How to Check Transmission Fluid: Step-By-Step

Lakewood Ranch drivers worrying about their transmission can follow a few simple steps:

  • Warm Up the Engine: The car needs to be on for a few moments before you check the transmission fluid.
  • Locate the Dipstick: The transmission fluid dipstick is usually to the right of the oil dipstick on FWD vehicles. If you’re having trouble, consult your owner’s manual.
  • Test for Quality: Start by removing the dipstick and then taking some of the fluid between your thumb and forefinger. You’re looking for an almost-clear fluid with a slight pink hue. A dirty or even burnt-smelling fluid needs to be replaced. Schedule service at a Venice service center.
  • Test for Quantity: Wipe off the dipstick with a rag then plunge it back in. When you pull it out again, the fluid should reach the “full” marker. If it doesn’t, you’ll need more transmission fluid!

It’s a good idea to carry out this simple routine, along with an engine oil and power steering fluid check, once a month to make sure your vehicle isn’t in trouble!

How to Check Transmission Fluid: More Tips

Have a manual transmission? Need to replace it? There are lots of questions that Bradenton drivers have about transmissions, and we’re here to answer them:

  • Manual Transmission: The above process covers most automatic transmissions. Sometimes with manual transmission vehicles, you’ll need to need a jack to get beneath the car. A service center should be able to get this job done for you!
  • Types of Fluid: There’s a wide variety of transmissions and just as wide a variety of transmission fluids. Check your owner’s manual to make sure you’re working with the right kind.
  • Symptoms of Low Transmission Fluid: One common symptom of low transmission fluid is some hesitation on your vehicle’s behalf as you’re shifting gears.
  • How Often to Change Transmission Fluid: Generally speaking, transmission fluid changes happen every 50,000 to 100,000 miles. There’s a lot that factors into the when and why of transmission fluid changes, so check your vehicle’s maintenance schedule and owners manual to find more information; This number can also change depending upon driving habits.

Get Quality Service at Wilde Lexus Sarasota

At Wilde Lexus Sarasota, we give Sarasota drivers quality Lexus service in addition to parts tips like the ones above so you can keep your car in great shape. We’re always happy to talk about car maintenance, so contact us today with any questions!

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