How to Check Transmission Fluid

Changing transmission fluid
Understanding how to check your transmission fluid on a regular basis can help prevent maintenance issues before they become serious. Your car’s transmission is what propels it forward, so it’s important to stay up-to-date on routine maintenance, such as checking transmission fluid. So how do you check transmission fluid? Trapp Cadillac is here to help. Read on to learn how to check transmission fluid in a few easy steps. 

 

 

How to Check Transmission Fluid: Step-by-Step Guide 

Simply follow these steps:

  1. Turn the engine on for a few minutes before proceeding, since the engine should be warmed up to properly check the level. Make sure your car is in park 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.

If you run into any issues, feel free to check with Trapp Cadillac, providing service to customers from Raceland and beyond.

Checking the Fluid in a Sealed Transmission 

So you have a sealed transmission and want to know how to check your transmission fluid. If there’s no dipstick under the hood, chances are your car is equipped with a sealed transmission. You may be wondering, “What is a sealed transmission?” Sealed doesn’t mean “can’t be accessed” — it simply means there’s no dipstick with which you can measure the transmission fluid level. If your car has a sealed transmission, don’t attempt to check its fluid level; you may damage it as a result. Our service team will gladly check the transmission fluid level when you bring your car in for service. 

When to Check the Fluid in a Sealed Transmission 

The purpose of a sealed transmission is to limit the amount of wasted transmission fluid, saving you money in the long run. Even so, issues can still spring up and the fluid will eventually need to be replaced. Keep an eye out for the following red flags, which indicate a problem with your sealed transmission: 

  • You can hear strange noises when the gears change. 
  • The gears hesitate before changing. 
  • During acceleration, there’s a noticeable delay when the gears shift.

How Often Do You Check Your Transmission Fluid?

Not that you know how to check your transmission fluid level, how often should you do so? You should check the main fluid levels of your car monthly. That includes checking your transmission fluid, power steering fluid, and engine oil. As always, you can consult your owner’s manual for a more specific maintenance schedule.

Transmission Fluid Basics

Your transmission is one of the most complex parts of your vehicle. Before you check your transmission fluid, explore these tips:

  • 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.
  • Checking the fluid on a manual transmission will usually require a jack to access a plug located beneath the car. For most drivers, a visit to our service center near Morgan City is more convenient.
  • If your vehicle hesitates before shifting gears, it might be due to low transmission fluid. However, it could be a sign of a more serious problem. Check the fluid level first, but if it’s fine, schedule service with us today.
  • You’ll want to replace your transmission fluid every 50,000 to 100,000 miles. The actual amount depends on your driving habits, type of transmission, and other factors. Check your owner’s manual for a more specific replacement interval.

Rely on Trapp Cadillac For All Your Service Needs

We can help with any questions you have about vehicle service or maintenance. Contact our service center online or by phone at . You can also stop by our showroom near Morgan City. In addition to expert service advice, you can count on us for car buying tips such as what’s considered good mileage on a used car and how to change the battery in the key fob as well. Learn more today with our team.

 

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