How to Check Your Transmission Fluid

Pouring Transmission Fluid into Funnel
Drivers in Normal can prevent additional vehicle issues by learning how to perform regular maintenance like checking your transmission fluid or learning about antifreeze. Of course, if you’re less comfortable under the hood of your car, you can always schedule service with Sam Leman Chrysler Jeep Dodge Bloomington

Check Your Fluid Levels

Learn how to check your transmission fluid with these simple steps:
  1. The engine should be warmed up to check the level, so you will need to turn on your car.
  2. You will need to locate the transmission fluid dipstick. On front-wheel drive cars, it’s usually located to the right of the oil dipstick. If you need help locating it you can check your owner’s manual.
  3. Remove the dipstick and touch the fluid, moving it around between your thumb and forefinger. Inspect the color of the fluid. It should be nearly clear, with a pink hue. If it gives off a burnt smell or looks dirty, take it to your local Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram service center for inspection.
  4. Wipe the dipstick with a rag and then reinsert it. Pull it out again and check the level. If it’s below 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.

How Often Do You Check Your Transmission Fluid?

It doesn’t matter whether you drive a Jeep Grand Cherokee a Dodge Charger, or anything in between. Regular maintenance recommendations require you to check your main vehicle fluids, including your transmission fluid, on a monthly basis. Check your owner’s manual for more specific transmission recommendations.

Transmission Fluid Basics

A vehicle’s transmission is one of the most crucial and complex components. Check these other transmission fluid tips to ensure it is running smoothly.

  • 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.
  • To check the fluid on most manual transmission you will need a jack to get to the plug. Scheduling service online at our service center near Decatur is more convenient for most drivers.
  • If you find your vehicle hesitates before shifting gears, it could be possible you have low transmission fluid. However, it could be the sign of a more serious problem. Check the fluid level first, but if it’s fine, schedule service today.
  • You’ll want to completely replace your transmission fluid every 50,000 to 100,000 miles. The interval depends on your type of transmission, driving habits, and other factors. Check your owner’s manual for more information.

Check Your Vehicle’s Fluids at Sam Leman Chrysler Jeep Dodge Bloomington

Whether you have a question or want to bring your Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram vehicle by for professional service, you can count on quality customer service at Sam Leman Chrysler Jeep Dodge Bloomington.

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