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How To Check Your Transmission Fluid

In the course of routine, at-home car maintenance, checking your transmission fluid is as important as checking your oil. If you’re wondering how to check your transmission fluid, we at Sussex Honda have a convenient walkthrough that will help you along so you can drive through Sparta Twp without any worry.

How Often Do You Check Your Transmission Fluid?

Each month is how often you should check your transmission fluid in Hackettstown. That monthly fluid inspection should extend to all your fluids, including your transmission fluid, engine oil, and power steering fluid. If you’re looking for your manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule, just take a look at your owner’s manual.

Steps On How To Check Your Transmission Fluid

  1. Turn your car on, as you’re going to want to have a warm engine to check the level.
  2. Find the transmission fluid dipstick. On FWD cars, you can typically find it to the right of the oil dipstick. Check the owner’s manual if you can’t find it.
  3. Remove the dipstick and touch the fluid, swishing it between your thumb and pointer finger. It should be translucent with a light pink hue. If it’s dirty or gives off a burning odor, it’s time to take it in for service.
  4. With a rag, wipe off the dipstick and insert it back into the vehicle. Take it out once more and check the level. If it’s under the “full” mark, it’s time to add more.
  5. With a funnel, fill the fluid level up to “full” but be sure not to overfill.

Things To Know About Transmission Fluid

There are a couple things you’ll want to know about transmission fluid because after all, your transmission is one of the most complex parts of your vehicle. Here are those things to know:

  • Your owner’s manual will recommend a certain type of transmission fluid, so be sure to check it before buying new fluid.
  • If you have a manual car, you’ll usually need a jack to find the transmission fluid plug beneath the car.
  • If you have hesitation between gears, it might be because of low transmission fluid, but it might also be the sign of something more serious. That would be a good time to schedule service.
  • You’re going to want to replace your transmission fluid every 50,000 to 100,000 miles, but that’s based on your transmission type and your driving habits.

Sussex Honda Are Maintenance Experts

Car maintenance should not have to be a hassle. From Sparta Twp to Denville, people count on Sussex Honda to get them through the car maintenance process. Looking for maintenance on your Honda? Get in touch with us today to schedule your appointment. Explore other helpful service guides such as how to lift a truck to utilize all of its capabilities.

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