How to Check Transmission Fluid

Changing transmission fluid

Knowing how, and regularly checking your vehicle’s transmission fluid is an important part of proactive Everett motorist life. Not only that, but regularly maintaining your transmission, be it automatic or manual, is a great way to stay on top of potential maintenance issues in the future and mitigate them. Along with your engine, your car’s transmission is what provides it with forward momentum, so it’s important to keep it in good health with regular maintenance, such as checking the transmission fluid. Learn how to check transmission fluid in the following article, courtesy of our service team at Pride Hyundai of Lynn. Reach out to us with any questions, and we’re here to help!

How Often Do You Check Your Transmission Fluid?

Part of knowing how to check transmission fluid in your Saugus-faring vehicle is also knowing when to do it. So, how often do you check your transmission fluid? If you’re truly staying on top of the full body of vehicle maintenance, it’ll be roughly once a month – the same interval at which you should check the level and quality of other fluids like power steering fluid, coolant, and engine oil. Now, let’s learn how to check transmission fluid in your ride!

How to Check Transmission Fluid | Step-by-Step Guide 

Simply follow these steps, and you’ll have completed the task of checking your transmission fluid in your Revere commuter!

  1. Turn the engine on for a few minutes before proceeding, since the engine should be warmed up to properly check the level. After a few minutes, turn the engine off.
  2. Unlatch the hood using the inside mechanism near your dash. Make sure your car is in park before getting out and opening the hood.
  3. Find the transmission fluid dipstick. On front-wheel-drive cars, it’s usually located to the right of the oil dipstick. Give us a call at 339-777-3307 if you’re having a hard time finding it, and we’ll help direct you.
  4. Remove the dipstick and touch the fluid, moving it around between your thumb and finger. The fluid should be opaque with a pinkish hue. If the fluid feels or looks dirty or gives off a burnt smell, take it to our service center for replacement.
  5. Use a rag to wipe off the dipstick. Then, insert it back into the vehicle. Pull it out again, and check the level. If it’s under the “Full” marking, you’ll need to add more.
  6. Use a funnel to bring the fluid level up to the right spot. Be sure not to overfill it.

Transmission Fluid & Maintenance Tips

Your transmission is one of the most used and most complex parts of your vehicle. Keep these tips in mind when looking into transmission fluid levels as they’re good to know!

  • Not all transmission fluid is the same. Your owner’s manual should indicate the correct fluid.
  • Checking the fluid on a manual transmissionusually requires a jack and other equipment to access a plug located beneath the car. For most drivers, a visit to our service center in Lynn is more convenient.
  • If your vehicle seems to hesitate before shifting gears,it might be due to a low transmission fluid level. It could also be a sign of a more serious problem!
  • Replace your transmission fluid every 50,000 to 100,000 miles. The actual amount depends on your driving habits, type of transmission, and other factors.

Transmission Service & More at Pride Hyundai of Lynn!

Our team of experienced, highly-rated, and professional technicians is ready to help you with virtually any automotive problem you’re facing. It all starts with scheduling an appointment online! You can also explore our website for other service & parts tips!

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