How to Check Your Transmission Fluid

Hand Pouring Transmission Fluid

Knowing how to check your transmission fluid is an essential skill to have. Sid Dillon is here to help you set a routine maintenance schedule, and walk you through the basic steps of checking your transmission fluid. This way, you’ll know when you need to visit one of our service centers near Omaha to get your new or used car back in top shape.

Step-By-Step on Checking Transmission Fluid

  1. Turn your engine on and let it warm up, so you can properly check the level. Put your car in park before you open your hood.
  2. Identify your transmission fluid dipstick. For FWD vehicles, it will be located to the right of your oil dipstick. Refer to your owner’s manual for the correct location.
  3. Carefully remove the dipstick and touch the fluid with your fingers, then move it in between your forefinger and thumb. It should have a pink hue, but mainly clear. If it’s dirty or has a burnt smell, you’ll need to replace it.
  4. Wipe off your dipstick, then insert it back into the vehicle. Remove it again and check the transmission fluid level. If it’s not “full” then add more.
  5. Carefully use a funnel to pour the fluid level to read full.

How Do I Check the Transmission Fluid in a Sealed Transmission?

If no dipstick is present under the hood, you most likely have a sealed transmission. This simply means there is not a dipstick available for checking the transmission fluid level. Do not check your fluid level if you have a sealed transmission because you could damage it. Schedule a service appointment near Fremont, so we can properly check transmission fluid without damaging anything.

How Often Do You Check Your Transmission Fluid?

Now that you know how to check transmission fluid, you’re probably wondering how often you should check the fluid. Check your main fluid levels each month. While you check your transmission fluid, be sure to check your power steering fluid and your engine oil as well.

Service Your Vehicle With Sid Dillon

If you need automotive service near Lincoln, our team is ready to help. From transmission fluid checks and changes, to engine maintenance and tire rotations, you’ll get the vehicle service you need at Sid Dillon! Contact us today with any questions.

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