How to Check Transmission Fluid

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Regular maintenance is an essential part of car ownership, and one oft-neglected component of maintenance is checking your car’s transmission fluid. Learn how to check your transmission fluid, as well as how often you should check it, to ensure that you’re taking care of everything on schedule. Rely on the knowledgeable experts at our service center for additional maintenance tips & tricks!

How Often Do You Check Your Transmission Fluid?

It’s a good practice to check all the fluid levels in your car at least once a month. That includes checking your transmission fluid, power steering fluid, engine oil and even windshield-washer fluid. Of course, you can always consult your vehicle’s owner’s manual for a more detailed service schedule.

Here’s How to Check Transmission Fluid in Your Car

Now that you know how regularly you should be checking your transmission fluid in Austin or Pflugerville, here’s how you’ll get this DIY job accomplished:

  1. Make sure your car is in park. Turn on your engine and let it warm up for a few minutes. Then, pop the hood so you can get inside the engine bay.
  2. Locate the transmission fluid dipstick. For most front-wheel-drive GMC vehicles, this will be found to the right of your oil dipstick. For the exact location in your vehicle, refer to your owner’s manual.
  3. Remove the dipstick and touch the fluid, moving it around between your thumb and forefinger. It should be clear, with a pinkish hue. If it looks dirty or gives off a burnt smell, or even feels overly gummy, then you should schedule automotive service right away.
  4. Use a rag to wipe off the dipstick. Put it back, but pull it out again immediately after to check the level. (If you’ve ever checked your oil level, this process is very similar). If the level is less than “full”, you should add in more.

Transmission Fluid Basics

Before checking your transmission fluid, there are several things you should know about the role of transmission fluid and your transmission itself in the normal operation of your vehicle on Killeen roads:

  • There are many types of transmission fluid — types for automatic vs. manual transmissions, types for older vs. newer models, and more. Your owner’s manual will be your best bet for finding out which type to buy for your car when running low.
  • Checking the transmission fluid in a vehicle with a manual transmission often requires a jack to access a plug located underneath the car. In these cases, it’s usually better to bring your vehicle in for service to get your transmission fluid checked.
  • Low transmission fluid can cause hesitation when shifting gears with an automatic or manual transmission, but other issues could also be at play. If you experience this issue, it’s best to schedule service now.
  • How often should transmission fluid be replaced? About every 50,000 to 100,000 miles. Consult your owner’s manual for more specific information.

Nyle Maxwell GMC is Your Destination for Transmission Service

Ready to get the transmission fluid level checked in your car? Want to diagnose transmission issues or get your transmission rebuilt? No matter the transmission service, we can help here at Nyle Maxwell GMC in Round Rock! Looking to service your transmission or learn other service tips like how to bleed brakes or the meaning of TPMS? Be sure to take advantage of our service & parts coupons or our diagnostic & repair coupons!

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