How Do I Check My Transmission Fluid?

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Check your transmission fluid on a regular basis helps prevent minor maintenance issues to become serious — and costly — problems. To check your transmission fluid level on your vehicle, follow these steps:

  1. Turn on the car. You need to warm up the engine in order to check the level.
  2. Find the transmission fluid dipstick. Check your owner’s manual for help. If you have a front-wheel drive car, it’s the transmission fluid dipstick will likely b located to the right of the oil dipstick.
  3. Take out the dipstick and move the fluid between your thumb and forefinger. The fluid should be mostly clear but with a pink hue. If the color is off or the fluid smells burnt, bring your vehicle into a service center for a replacement.
  4. Wipe off the dipstick with a rag, and then insert it back into your car.
  5. Pull it out again and check the level. If the fluid is under the “Full” marking, you need to add more to it.
  6. Using a funnel, pour in transmission fluid and bring the level up to full. Be careful not to overfill it.

How Often to Check Your Transmission Fluid

Check the main fluid levels of your car monthly, including checking your transmission fluid. In addition to your transmission fluid, check your power steering fluid and engine oil. However, you should always consult your owner’s manual for a more specific maintenance schedule to ensure every ride to your favorite Guam restaurant is a safe one.

What to Know About Transmission Fluid When Checking It

It’s important to know how transmission fluid works so that you can tell when fluid is low or other issues are occurring. Keep these facts in mind when checking your transmission fluid:

  • Transmission fluid varies with different types for recent models, manual transmissions, and automatic transmissions. Consult your owner’s manual to learn about your vehicle’s particular type of transmission fluid.
  • You’ll need a jack to access a plug located beneath the vehicle if you’re checking the fluid on a manual transmission. For most Guam drivers, it’s probably better to visit to our service center if you have a manual transmission.
  • If you notice that your vehicle hesitates before shifting gears, it may have low transmission fluid. If not that, it might be the sign of a more serious issue. Check your fluid level first, and if it’s fine, schedule service with us.
  • You should replace your transmission fluid every 50,000 to 100,000 miles. Again, this depends on your type of transmission and vehicle — as well as your driving habits. As always, check your owner’s manual for a more specific transmission fluid replacement interval.

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