How to Check Your Transmission Fluid

Did you know that you should service your transmission ever 50,000 miles as well as check your transmission fluid often? You should get in the habit of checking your transmission fluid each time you get an oil change. If your transmission has a filler and dipstick, you can easily check it yourself by following the steps below! (If your transmission does not have this, you may need to stop in to one of our stores to see a transmission specialist).

  1. Make sure the engine is at normal operating temperature. Your vehicle should be placed in park on a level ground surface with your parking brake on.
  2. Now you need to find the transmission filler tube. Once you have found it, remove the dipstick and wipe it dry with a clean rag.  (Some new transmissions do not have a filler tube. If this is your situation, don’t hesitate to give us a call).
  3. Re-insert the dipstick (all the way) and pull it out, check the dipstick to see the fluid level. The dipstick should have a “low” and “full” mark, they are usually designated by holes in the stick about 1 pint apart. If the fluid is low, you likely have a leak. Make sure to add fluid before driving your vehicle to a specialist. To add fluid follow the following steps:
    • Grab a clean funnel and place it in the dipstick tube.
    • Add fluid as needed
    • Repeat the process to check the new level of your transmission fluid.
  4. You should also check the condition of your transmission fluid. The fluid should be clear and should not have a burnt odor.
  5. If the dipstick shows your fluid levels to be low, or if the quality of your transmission fluid is poor, it is best for you to give one of our specialist a call. You can find a location nearest you by visiting StLouisTransmissions.com
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