How to Check Transmission Fluids
If you own, lease, or simply just drive a car in any capacity, then you understand how important it is to check your transmission fluids – or, at least, we hope you do! It’s one of the most critical aspects of basic automotive maintenance, and it doesn’t take much effort at all on your part.
Our team here at Braman Honda of Palm Beach wrote this comprehensive guide on how to check your transmission fluids for our customers in Wellington, Greenacres, Palm Beach, and the nearby FL cities.
As always, if you’re having any issues with the directions, you can schedule a service appointment online.
Checking Your Transmission Fluid: 3 Simple Steps
We’ll dive right into the good stuff – how you can check your transmission fluids on your own. It’s easy!
What You’ll Need: a cleaning rag, a no-spill funnel, and transmission fluid that’s specifically for your car
Step #1: The first thing that you should do is turn on your car and pull out the dipstick – make sure that your engine is running, because you need to examine the transmission fluid levels under their standard operating conditions. There are three specific ways of going about this step, depending on your vehicle:
- Automatic Transmission, Rear-Wheel Drive: On these models, the handle for your dipstick should be sticking out of your transmission toward the rear of your vehicle’s in-line engine.
- Automatic Transmission, Front-Wheel Drive: On these models, the handle for your dipstick should be sticking out of the transaxle, often to the right of the engine oil dipstick.
- Manual Transmission: This is a whole other ballgame. According to the website Dummies, “the fluid level in a manual transmission must be checked with the vehicle on a hoist to enable the technician to reach a plug in the bottom of the transmission.” In other words, this is something that’s better left to the professionals – schedule a service appointment!
Step #2: This is the step in which you actually check the fluid. It should be slightly pink (almost clear), and it shouldn’t smell burnt; it also shouldn’t have any foreign particles in it. You can even rub a bit of fluid between your finger and the tip of your thumb to gauge its consistency. If there are any issues (re: color, smell, or consistency), you should contact a certified automotive technician who can change it.
Step #3: Last, but certainly not least, you should investigate whether or not your transmission fluid is reaching the recommended “full” line on the dipstick. If the fluid itself is clean, but it’s merely not up to the line, you can use a no-spill funnel to pour more into the tube. Always use brand-specific refill fluid!
Remember: Before re-inserting the transmission fluid dipstick back into the tube, you should wipe it clean with a fresh rag. This way, you won’t contaminate your transmission fluid with outside particles.
Schedule a service appointment today at Braman Honda of Palm Beach!
Whoa – that’s a lot! If you need some help with any of it, you can get in touch with our service guys and gals here at Braman Honda of Palm Beach. They know everything there is to know about checking your transmission fluids. They practically drink transmission fluid, bathe in it — they absolutely love the stuff.
No, just kidding – that’s a joke! However, you can definitely still schedule a service appointment today on our website. If you live near Palm Beach, Greenacres, or Wellington, then we’re here to serve you. Contact us today.