How to Check Your Transmission Fluid

St. James drivers have surely heard about the importance of getting an oil change or even rotating your tires, but did you know that managing your transmission fluid is also a major component of good car maintenance? Learning how to properly check this on a regular basis will help you catch any issues before they get worse.

Follow These Steps to Check Your Transmission Fluid

  1. Turn the car on. The engine should be warmed up to check the level.
  2. Find the transmission fluid dipstick. On front-wheel-drive cars, it’s usually located to the right of the oil dipstick. Check your owner’s manual if you’re having trouble finding it.
  3. Remove the dipstick and touch the fluid, moving it around between your thumb and forefinger. The fluid color should be nearly clear, with a pink hue. If it looks dirty or gives off a burnt smell, take it to a service center for a replacement.
  4. 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.
  5. Use a funnel to bring the fluid level up to full. Be sure not to overfill it.

And, if you do run into any issues or simply don’t feel comfortable and want to leave it to the experts, our dedicated service team is always here to offer a free check to Springfield customers.

How Often Do You Check Your Transmission Fluid?

A good habit to build is checking the main fluid levels in your car monthly. You can refer back to your owner’s manual so you can get a better idea of not only what your transmission fluid should look like, but also your power steering fluid, brake fluid, and engine oil.

Transmission Fluid Basics

Due to the fact that your transmission is one of the most complex parts of your vehicle, here are some crucial points to keep in mind before you do your own at-home inspection:

  • Not all transmission fluid is the same, with different types for recent models, manual transmissions, and automatic transmissions. Your owner’s manual will recommend a particular type of transmission fluid.
  • Checking the fluid on a manual transmission will usually require a jack to access a plug located beneath the car. For most drivers, a visit to our service center near Jefferson City is more convenient.
  • If your vehicle hesitates before shifting gears, it might be due to low transmission fluid. However, it could be a sign of a more serious problem. Check the fluid level first, but if it’s fine, schedule service with us today.
  • You’ll want to 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. Check your owner’s manual for a more specific replacement interval.

Learn More About How to Check Your Transmission Fluid at Kingdom Kia

Whether Jefferson City need some extra advice on checking their transmission fluid or want to leave the job to our experienced service team, contact us today to ensure your vehicle continues to run at its best!

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