Transmission fluid is important to your car because it acts as a lubricant for the internals of your vehicle’s transmission. If you do not have enough transmission fluid in your car, you can experience difficulties such as trouble shifting gears. It is essential to make sure there is always enough transmission fluid in your car. Here’s how to check your vehicle’s transmission fluid.
Find Your Dipstick
If you’re having issues shifting gear or think there is an issue with the level of transmission fluid in your car, it’s important to stop your and open your hood. Once you have open the hood, find the dipstick for your transmission fluid. It should be color-coded and look like the dipstick used for your car’s oil. The location of it can vary, but in most vehicles, it is near the front of the engine.
Check The Levels
Make sure that the vehicle is in park and that its parking brake is on. Next, leave the engine running for a little while until it is warm. Pull out the car’s dipstick and check to see how much transmission fluid is left. Touch the transmission fluid on the dipstick using your index finger and rub it between your index finger and your thumb. Ideally, the liquid should be mostly clear with a bit of red or pink coloring.
If you notice there are particles in the fluid or a burning smell, then you need to change your transmission fluid immediately. Using a rag, clean the dipstick off and reinsert it into the fluid. If you notice it is not up to the level it should be, add some more transmission fluid. Be careful not to fill it past that line because overfilling can cause problems.
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