How to Check Transmission Fluid

Transmission Fluid Change


We know our Blasdell-area drivers are quite busy, so we understand not having time to schedule a service appointment. No need to worry! Our service center at Robert Basil Buick GMC in Orchard Park can teach you how to check your transmission fluid! Before you learn how to check transmission fluid, you should know that it helps to keep your transmission cool and facilitates gear shifts. Learn how to check transmission fluid by yourself so you can avoid any expensive problems!

How to Check Your Transmission Fluid at Home

Once you learn how to check transmission fluid, you’ll realize how easy this maintenance step is. For our DIY West Seneca readers, below you’ll find the simple steps on how to check transmission fluid:

  1. Turn on the engine to warm it up.
  2. Find your transmission fluid dipstick. For Eden drivers with front-wheel drive, yours is located to the right of the oil dipstick. Double check your owner’s manual.
  3. Remove the dipstick and touch the fluid. Slowly rub it between your fingers. Check if the fluid appears dirty or smells burnt. It should be clear with a pink hue.
  4. Use a rag to clean the dipstick then put it back in its location. Remove the dipstick one last time and check the fluid level. You don’t want it to overfill the fluid, but you don’t want it to not be all the way full. Add more fluid if you need to.
  5. To avoid overfill, utilize a funnel to reach the appropriate fluid level.

Basic Transmission Fluid Info

Now that you know how to check transmission fluid in your vehicle, here’s some extra information on transmission fluid:

  • Transmission fluid ranges depending on model year and transmission type. Check your owner’s manual for your specific transmission fluid.
  • For manual transmission vehicles, make sure to have a jack handy to access the plug underneath.
  • Transmission fluid should be replaced every 50,000 to 100,000 miles depending on driving habits and transmission types.

Get Transmission Maintenance Done at Robert Basil Buick GMC

Now that you know how to check transmission fluid let us help you find more information on transmissions such as, what color is transmission fluid. Do not hesitate to contact us with additional questions! We do have a couple of service tips and tricks that are sure to help you out.

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