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How to Check Your Transmission Fluid

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Do you know how to check your transmission fluid? Wondering how often do you check your transmission fluid? Your transmission is a vital part of your vehicle and it’s important to keep an eye on it. Luckily, it’s easy to check it at your Cheyenne home and contact a service center if something seems wrong. Tyrrell Auto Centers covers how to check your transmission fluid and when in a few easy steps below!

Checking Your Transmission Fluid: Step-By-Step 

You don’t have to be intimidated by the process of checking transmission fluid. It’s actually quite simple; it’s really a matter of knowing what to look for. Let’s see how to check transmission fluid: 

  • Warm the Engine: To get a proper reading on the fluid you’ll need a warm engine. Turn the car on and wait a few seconds before checking. 
  • Find the Fluid Dipstick: This is usually right beside the oil dipstick. As always, your owner’s manual will tell you exactly where all engine components are located. 
  • Check for Quality: First, take out the dipstick and get some fluid between your thumb and forefinger. Rub it and check for quality: you’re looking for a clear, slightly pink hue. Signs of old or damaged fluid include dirt in the fluid and a burnt smell. 
  • Check for Quantity: Now, dip the stick back in and remove it. If the fluid comes up to the “FULL” marker, then you’re set. If not, you’ll want to get some transmission fluid from a Greeley or Laramie hardware store or parts center.

How often do you check your transmission fluid? It’s a good idea to check transmission fluid once a month along with other fluids in your car, like engine oil and power steering fluid. 

Transmission Fluid Facts 

So, why do you need to check your transmission fluid? Fort Collins drivers should be aware of how important this part of their vehicle is for long life and good performance. Here are some transmission fluid facts to commit to memory: 

  • Types of Fluid: Just as there are many different types of transmission, there are many different types of fluid. Check your handy owner’s manual for information on which is best for you. 
  • Manual Transmission: Have a manual transmission? Accessing the fluid on this is more difficult, often requiring a jack. Contact a service department like Tyrrell Auto Centers if you need help. 
  • Changing Transmission Fluid: How often do you check your transmission fluid? Checks should be conducted frequently and a change is generally recommended every 50,000 to 100,000 miles. But your driving habits, road conditions, and vehicle type can affect this number. Check your owner’s manual for a recommendation. 
  • Signs of Transmission Problems: A common sign of transmission problems is a sense of hesitation when you’re changing gears. Contact a service center if this happens, because it could indicate other serious problems! 

Get Expert Service at Tyrrell Auto Centers

At Tyrrell Auto Centers, we want Cheyenne drivers to feel empowered and have the ability to give their cars a long life. That’s why we offer service tips and tricks to complement our affordable, expert service and parts work. Contact us today to talk about car maintenance and get advice on any repair issue — we’re happy to help!

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