How to Check Your Transmission Fluid

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It is important to know how to check your transmission fluid if you want to help prevent more costly repairs down the road. It is a simple task that could end up saving you time and money in the long run. The Envision Motors service center has provided the details on how to perform this maintenance task:

  1. Turn the car on. To check the transmission fluid level, the engine should be warmed up.
  2. Find the transmission fluid dipstick. If you have a front-wheel drive car, it is likely that you will find it to the right of the oil dipstick. If you are unsure about its location, you can consult your owner’s manual.
  3. Take the dipstick out and touch the fluid. Its appearance should be almost clear, but you should also notice a hint of pink. If you see contaminants in debris, in the fluid, or you notice a burning smell, your vehicle is likely due for a transmission fluid 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 the level falls below the “FULL” mark, it is time to add more transmission fluid.
  5. Use a funnel to properly fill your vehicle with transmission fluid. Be careful when you do this so that you don’t overfill it.

If you are unsure about any of the steps above, do not hesitate to contact the team at Envision Motors near . We would be glad to assist you.

How Often Do You Check Your Transmission Fluid?

The main fluids in your vehicle should be checked each month. You will want to take a look at not just the transmission fluid, but the power steering fluid and engine oil as well. Remember to take a look at your owner’s manual because it may have different recommendations from the manufacturer.

The Basics of Transmission Fluid

Because the transmission is one of the most complicated components of your vehicle, it is important to keep the following transmission fluid facts in mind:

  • Not all transmission fluid is the same. You will find that there are different types on the market for new cars, manual transmissions, and automatic transmissions. Once again, take a look at your owner’s manual to see what the automaker recommends for your particular model.
  •  A jack is usually required to access a plug beneath the car when you are checking the transmission fluid in a car with a manual transmission. Many drivers who have a vehicle with a manual transmission prefer to leave this task to a professional.
  • If your vehicle hesitates before shifting gears, you may need to add transmission fluid. Low transmission fluid is not the only cause of this issue, however. Check the fluid level first. If there is an adequate amount of transmission fluid, you will want to set up an appointment for service to diagnose the issue.
  • Transmission fluid should be replaced every 50,000 to 100,000 miles. Driving habits, the type of transmission, and other factors can affect this interval. This is another instance where you want to see what your owner’s manual has to say.

Learn More About How to Check Your Transmission Fluid with Envision Motors

At Envision Motors, we would be glad to answer any automotive service questions or that you may have, such as how often to change your oil. Contact us today for further questions, or browse our Mercedes-Benz accessories at your convenience.