How to Check Transmission Fluid

Transmission Fluid Change

Keene drivers may know that transmission fluid is an important part of their vehicles. But, how do you check transmission fluid, and how often do you check transmission fluid? The service department at Keene Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram answers these questions and more below!

How to Check Transmission Fluid: Step-By-Step

You’ve got all the tools necessary to check your transmission fluid from your Walpole home. Here are some simple steps for how to check transmission fluid:

  • Turn on your engine for a few minutes. You’ll want the engine warmed up to make sure you’re getting the right level reading on your transmission fluid.
  • Locate the dipstick for your transmission fluid. It’s most often to the right of your oil dipstick. As with all things, your owner’s manual can be your guide to locating exactly where it is if you’re having issues.
  • Inspect the color of your transmission fluid by taking out your dipstick and rubbing the fluid between your thumb and forefinger. You’re looking for a clear liquid with a slight pinkish hue. If it appears dirty, schedule service for a transmission fluid change.
  • Check for proper transmission fluid levels by putting your dipstick back in the reservoir then pulling it out again. There should be a “full” marker. If it doesn’t reach this marker, you’ll want to add more transmission fluid.

How Often Do You Check Your Transmission Fluid?

So, how often do you check your transmission fluid? This is also a common question for Brattleboro and Swanzey drivers. We recommend giving your vehicle fluids — including transmission fluid, power steering fluid, and engine oil — a check once a month. Your owner’s manual can also be helpful in this regard. Many owner’s manuals have advice on how often to check your transmission fluid.

As for transmission fluid replacement: this usually happens every 50,000 to 100,000 miles driving your vehicle. This figure can vary, so make sure to do regular inspections and consult technicians if you’re worried.

More Transmission Fluid Facts

Why should you know how to check transmission fluid? It’s an important part of your vehicle that lubricates the pieces in the transmission. Here are other important things to know about transmission fluid:

  • There are different types of transmission fluid. Usually, your vehicle will have a specific type recommended for it by the owner’s manual.
  • Manual transmission requires some special work to check it. You’ll usually need a jack to access the transmission fluid reservoir. A service center can help you with this!
  • One common symptom of low transmission fluid is hesitation when you shift gears. If you’re experiencing this, it’s probably a good time to get some car service.

Get Car Advice from Keene Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram

At Keene Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, we know that car maintenance is fundamental. That’s why we offer service tips and tricks, service videos, and expert advice to Keene drivers on how much to pay for an oil change. If you’re trying to make sure your vehicle is running smoothly or encountering any problems, go ahead and contact us today. We’ll be happy to help you!

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