How to Check Your Transmission Fluid

checking transmission fluid

Understanding how to check your transmission fluid can help prevent any expensive maintenance issues before they become serious and costly. Checking your brake fluid can be done in the five simple steps listed below:

  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, you will find it to the right of the oil dipstick. Check your owner’s manual if you’re having trouble finding it.
  3. Pull out the dipstick and touch the fluid, moving it around between your thumb and forefinger. The fluid should be almost clear, with a pink hue. If it looks dirty or gives off a burning 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 are experiencing any issues, feel free to check with the Mossy Toyota service center!


How Often Do You Check Your Transmission Fluid?

This will include checking your transmission fluid, power steering fluid, and engine oil. If needed, check your owner’s manual for a specific maintenance schedule.

Transmission Fluid Basics

Your transmission is one of the most complex parts of your vehicle. Before you check your transmission fluid, check out 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 which transmission fluid to use.
  • Checking the fluid on a manual transmission typically requires a jack to access a plug that’s beneath the car. For most drivers, a visit to our service center near Chula Vista is more convenient.
  • If your vehicle hesitates before shifting gears, you may be low on transmission fluid. However, this can also indicate a severe problem. Check the fluid level first, or you can schedule a service appointment with our service team.
  • You’ll want to replace your transmission fluid every 50,000 to 100,000 miles. The actual amount varies based on your driving habits, type of transmission, and other factors. Check your owner’s manual for the exact replacement interval.

Learn More About How to Check Your Transmission Fluid at Mossy Toyota

The team at Mossy Toyota can answer any questions you have about how to check your transmission fluid, how often you should change your oil, and when to change your spark plugs! Contact us today! Browse our available service specials and coupons and save on your next trip to our San Diego service center.

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