How to Check Your Transmission Fluid

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Learning how to check your transmission fluid is important and should be done on a regular basis to help prevent maintenance issues in the future. In order to check your vehicle’s transmission fluid at home, follow these steps:

  1. Turn the car on. The engine should be warmed up to check the level.
  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’re having issues or simply would like one of our certified technicians to take a look, bring your vehicle to our service center near Rumson.

How Often Do You Check Your Transmission Fluid?

It’s recommended that the main fluid levels of your car be checked monthly. This 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. And if you’re in need of assistance, we at the Land Rover Monmouth service center are here to help.

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 Colts Neck 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 seems 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.

Learn More About How to Check Your Transmission Fluid at Land Rover Monmouth

Not sure if you want to start checking your transmission fluid at home? Visit our service center for some assistance. Our certified technicians will have your vehicle in top condition before sending you back on Red Bank roads. Have questions about what an alternator is, or want to browse our service specials? Contact Land Rover Monmouth.

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