How to Check Your Transmission Fluid

Changing transmission fluid

Regularly checking transmission fluid levels on your car is essential to maintaining your vehicle’s longevity. Your car’s transmission is what moves it forward on Brookings roads, so it’s critical to stay up-to-date on routine maintenance. Not sure how to check the transmission fluid levels for your used or new Buick, Chevrolet, GMC car, truck, or SUV? No need to worry! Find out how often you should check your transmission fluid with our step-by-step instructions below! 



How to Check Your Transmission Fluid: Step-by-Step Instructions

So, how does checking transmission fluid levels work? Just follow the instructions outlined below: 

  1. Turn the engine on for a few minutes before proceeding. The engine should be warmed up to properly check the level. Make sure your car is in the park position before getting out and opening the hood.
  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 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 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 the right spot. Be sure not to overfill it.

Have any further issues or questions about how to check your transmission fluid? Schedule a service appointment at Brookings Auto Mall to have our expert handle the job for you.

How Often Do You Check Your Transmission Fluid?

You should check the main fluid levels (transmission fluid, power steering fluid, and engine oil) once per month. However, you should always consult your owner’s manual for specifics regarding your vehicle’s maintenance schedule. 

Visit Brookings Auto Mall For All Your Service Needs!

If you have any other concerns about how to check your transmission fluid, feel free to reach out to us at Brookings Auto Mall today! Our service experts are available during store hours to perform any inspections, maintenance, or repairs you may need. We want to make sure our customers feel confident and safe on Brookings roads! 

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