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How to Check Transmission Fluid

Transmission Fluid Change

Knowing how to check transmission fluid will keep you on top of your vehicle’s suggested maintenance schedule and ensure a smoother ride through Brockton. But no matter if you’re a new or experienced driver, you might be wondering how this is done. Our service team at Silko Honda is here to break down everything you need and know when it comes to checking transmission fluid so you can get back on the road. Check out our guide on how to check transmission fluid, then schedule your next service appointment at our dealership today!

Steps on How to Check Transmission Fluid 

Whether you’re at home or on-the-go, follow these simple steps on how to check transmission fluid below:

  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.

Checking the Fluid in a Sealed Transmission 

If you attempt to check your transmission fluid, but find there’s no dipstick under the hood, then you may have a sealed transmission. While you may assume that you can’t access the transmission fluid, it just means there’s no way to measure the actual fluid. The purpose behind this is to prevent any fluid waste, saving you money at the same time. Trying to check fluid in a sealed transmission can cause more issues, so you’ll want to bring it in and have our team take care of it for you. Here are a few signs that it may be time to check your sealed transmission fluid:

  • 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

So, how often do you check your transmission fluid? About every month will ensure you can easily monitor the quality of your transmission fluid as well as others like your power steering fluid, and engine oil. Always keep these tips in mind when checking your transmission fluid levels: 

  • 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 Taunton 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.

Get Your Transmission Fluid Checked a Silko Honda 

Now that you know how to check transmission fluid, you can ensure your vehicle is in top shape when you head out on Brockton roads. Find more helpful service at Silko Honda with our many maintenance tips and tricks and see how you can save on your next visit with our service specials and discounts. You’ll also find OEM Honda parts and accessories to equip your Honda with everything you need for your commute. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at our Honda service center in Raynham!

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