How to Check Your Transmission Fluid

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To help prevent costly repairs down the road, it is important to know how to check the transmission fluid. All you need to do is follow these steps for checking transmission fluid from SJ Denham Chrysler Jeep FIAT:

  1. Turn the car on. You want to ensure that the engine is warmed up before performing this maintenance task.
  2. Find where the transmission fluid dipstick is located. For Anderson drivers who own a front-wheel drive vehicle, you will probably find it to the right of the oil dipstick. If you are unsure of its location, you can always look at your owner’s manual.
  3. Take out the dipstick and feel the fluid. Its appearance should almost clear with a tint of pink. If the fluid has a burned smell or you notice that it is contaminated with dirt and debris, it is probably time for it to be replaced.
  4. Wipe the dipstick off with a rag before putting it back into the vehicle. Take the dipstick out once more to look at the level. If the level is not quite up to the “Full” marking, you should add additional transmission fluid.
  5. Use a funnel to fill the fluid to the proper level. Be careful that you do not end up overfilling it.

If you come across any problems while checking transmission fluid, do not hesitate to reach out to the service experts at SJ Denham Chrysler Jeep FIAT.

How Often Do You Check Your Transmission Fluid?

Each month, it is a good idea to check the essential fluids in your vehicle like the transmission fluid, engine oil, and power steering fluid. Remember to consult your owner’s manual to see what the manufacturer recommends.

The Basics of Transmission Fluid

A transmission is a complicated piece of machinery and because of this, there are a few things to keep in mind:

  • There is a variety of transmission fluids on the market based on whether you drive a brand new vehicle, one with a manual transmission, or one with an automatic transmission. See what is recommended for your particular make and model by checking your owner’s manual.
  • If you have a vehicle with a manual transmission, the process of how to check the transmission fluid level is a bit more complicated. You will likely need a jack to access a plug under the car. It may be more convenient to set up an appointment at the SJ Denham Chrysler Jeep FIAT service center.
  • If your vehicle hesitates before shifting gears, it could be caused by not having enough transmission fluid. It could also indicate a bigger issue. Check the fluid level first. If it is filled to the proper level, you should have the vehicle evaluated by a professional.
  • Transmission fluid should be replaced every 50,000 to 100,000 miles. This interval can fluctuate based on how you drive, the type of transmission in your vehicle, and a few more factors. Once again, your owner’s manual should have more details.

Learn More About How to Check Your Transmission Fluid at SJ Denham Chrysler Jeep FIAT

If you have any additional questions about transmission fluid or vehicle maintenance, contact the team at SJ Denham Chrysler Jeep FIAT or stop by the dealership in person. We can show you how to clean your leather car seats or even the basics of an oil change!

 

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