How to Check Transmission Fluid

Transmission Fluid Change

Knowing how to check transmission fluid levels on a routine basis is essential to preventing maintenance issues with your Toyota vehicle. Your vehicle’s transmission is what propels it forward on Thomasville roads, so it’s important to maintain the correct transmission fluid level. Wondering to yourself, “How often do you check your transmission fluid levels on a new or used vehicle?” Peter Boulware Toyota has the answers. Simply read on below to find out how to check transmission fluid levels! 

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

Learning how to check transmission fluid levels on your Toyota car, truck, or SUV is easy! Just follow the instructions outlined below:

  1. Make Sure Engine’s Heated Up: Turn the engine on for a few minutes before proceeding since the engine should be warmed up to properly check the level. Make sure your car is in the park position before getting out and opening the hood.
  2. Locate Dipstick: Find the transmission fluid dipstick. On front-wheel-drive cars, it’s usually located to the right of the oil dipstick. Check your owner’s manual if you’re having trouble finding it.
  3. Examine Dipstick Fluid: Remove the dipstick and touch the fluid, moving it around between your thumb and forefinger. The fluid should be nearly clear, with a pink hue. If it looks dirty or gives off a burnt smell, take it to a service center for replacement.
  4. Clean Dipstick: 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. Refill Fluid, If Necessary: Use a funnel to bring the fluid level up to the right spot. Be sure not to overfill it.

How Often Do You Check Your Transmission Fluid

Your transmission is one of the most complicated and important parts of your vehicle, which is precisely why you should check the transmission fluid levels of your car on a monthly basis. It’s wise to also check your power steering fluid and engine oil at the same time as your transmission fluid check. For more information, we recommend consulting your owner’s manual or taking a look at the following car maintenance tips below: 

  • Not all transmission fluid is the same, with different types for recent models, manual transmissions, and automatic transmissions. Your owner’s manual will recommend a particular type of transmission fluid.
  • Checking the fluid on a manual transmission will usually require a jack to access a plug located beneath the car. For most drivers, a visit to our service center near Crawfordville is more convenient.
  • If your vehicle hesitates before shifting gears, it might be due to low transmission fluid. However, it could be a sign of a more serious problem. Check the fluid level first, but if it’s fine, schedule service with us today.
  • You’ll want to replace your transmission fluid every 50,000 to 100,000 miles. The actual amount depends on your driving habits, type of transmission, and other factors. Check your owner’s manual for a more specific replacement interval.

Get Top-Notch Service at Peter Boulware Toyota Today!

Have any further questions about how to check your transmission fluid or anything else maintenance-related? Feel free to contact us online for more information! Peter Boulware Toyota is also only a short drive away from Bradfordville if you’d like to talk to one of our team members face to face. 

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