How to Check Transmission Fluid?
Transmission Oil also known as Transmission Fluid is used to lubricate the components of a car’s transmission for optimum performance. It is important to check the transmission oil of your car for safety purposes and to ensure that the car runs smoothly at all times.
You do not need a mechanic for this purpose. You just need to look at the level and condition of your transmission fluid. Here are some step-by-step instructions for checking your vehicle’s transmission oil.
- Step 1
Check the owner’s manual and locate the transmission fluid dipstick. The dipstick is usually red, yellow, or white. On rear-wheel-drive vehicles the dipstick is generally located on the passenger’s side of the engine compartment and in the case of front-wheel drive, it is usually on the rider’s side.NOTE- if you can’t find the dipstick don’t be alarmed as modern vehicles use a sealed for life transmission and they don’t need checking or fluid replacement.
- Step 2
Let the engine warm-up and then pull out the stick. Wipe it with a clean cloth, reinsert it and leave it for 5 seconds then pull it back out and check.
- Step 3
Check the fluid level with the help of full, low, or fill marks on the dipstick. In case of low marking, use the fluid recommended by the manufacturer and add only a little amount at a time and keep checking the level with the dipstick each time.
- Step 4
If the transmission requires more than a quart or is using fluid regularly, take your car to get it checked for leaks.
- Step 5
You can also check the color and smell. It has a normal light brown color and in the case of Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF), the color is cherry red. If it is dark red or brown, you should get your fluid changed. You should also get your transmission serviced if it smells burnt or has particles in it.
- Step 6
Reinsert the transmission fluid dipstick fully and you are done!
So, a transmission needs proper maintenance, and checking your transmission health is neither difficult nor time-consuming. Follow the above steps and keep a check on your car’s transmission.