How To Check Your Transmission Fluid

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Along with oil checks, learning how to check transmission fluid will tell you exactly when your car needs service — and help prevent more serious maintenance issues down the road. Your car’s transmission directs fluid to engage the correct gear. That’s a big job, so it’s important to check transmission fluid levels on a regular basis. To learn how, read the guide below from the expert technicians at Phil Hughes Honda, then learn what happens if you don’t change your vehicle’s oil!

How to Check Transmission Fluid: A Step-by-Step Guide 

To properly check transmission fluid levels, the engine must be warm. Turn on the engine and let it run for a few minutes. Then put your car in park, open the hood, and follow these steps for how to check transmission fluid:

  1. Locate the transmission fluid dipstick. 
  2. On most FWD vehicles, you’ll find it just to the right of the oil dipstick. Consult your owner’s manual if you have any trouble finding it.
  3. Pull out the dipstick, touch the transmission fluid, and roll it between your thumb and forefinger.
  4. Look carefully at the color of the fluid. Fresh transmission fluid is clear with a slight pink hue. If it gives off a burnt smell or looks dirty, you’re due for a transmission fluid flush. 
  5. Using a clean rag, wipe off the dipstick. Then insert it back into its tube as far as it will go. Pull it back out and check that the level reaches the “Full” mark on the dipstick.
  6. If the level is low, gradually add fluid using a funnel, re-checking the level after each addition.

How Often Do You Check Your Transmission Fluid?

How often do you check your transmission fluid, and how do you know it’s time for a transmission fluid flush? For most vehicles, transmission fluid levels should be checked at least every six months. When it comes to replacing old transmission fluid, experts recommend you schedule service about every 30,000 miles. Keep in mind that the right interval may differ for your vehicle, so be sure to consult your owner’s manual or contact your local Winder-area Honda service center.

Transmission Fluid Basics

It’s important to understand what transmission fluid does, and why regular transmission checks are crucial for your vehicle. Check out these transmission fluid tips:

  • There are various types of transmission fluid, and your car may use a certain one depending on its age and transmission. Your owner’s manual should tell you which transmission fluid to buy.
  • With a little know-how and a car jack, you can easily learn how to check manual transmission fluid levels at home.
  • If you notice that your vehicle is sluggish about changing gears, then the cause may be low transmission fluid. If levels are normal, schedule service to rule out a more serious problem.

Rely on Phil Hughes Honda for Your Service Needs in Athens 

Questions about your Honda Accord maintenance schedule or dash light meanings? We’re happy to answer all your auto maintenance questions! Contact us online or drop by our showroom, located just a quick drive from Monroe and Watkinsville.


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