How to Check Your Transmission Fluid

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Checking your transmission fluid frequently can help save you from expensive repairs later. Want to know how to check your transmission fluid at home? Simply follow these steps:

  1. Turn the car on. The engine should be warmed up to check the level.
  2. 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. 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 a 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 it’s under the “Full” marking, you’ll need to add more.
  5. Use a funnel to bring the fluid level up to full. Be sure not to overfill it.

If you would rather have one of our technicians take a look, contact the service center at Luther Mazda of Lee's Summit. We can help keep your model running smoothly on Kansas City and Raytown streets.

How Often Do You Check Your Transmission Fluid?

You should check the main fluid levels of your car monthly. This includes checking your transmission fluid, power steering fluid, and oil. If you aren’t sure how, consult your owner’s manual or contact your local Mazda service center for a more specific maintenance schedule.

Transmission Fluid Basics

Before you check your transmission fluid at home, you’ll want to keep the following in mind as the transmission is one of the most complex parts of your vehicle:

  • 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 Grandview is more convenient.
  • If your vehicle hesitates before shifting gears, it might be due to low transmission fluid. However, it could be the 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.

Learn More About How to Check Your Transmission Fluid at Luther Mazda of Lee's Summit

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