Checking transmission fluid and keeping it at optimum levels can help prevent car maintenance issues before they become serious problems. Here Major World explains how to check your transmission fluid and keep your vehicle running smoothly on Long Island City roads. Remember, Major World is here to help with all of your auto care needs. You can even schedule a service appointment online.
Step-by-Step Guide to Checking Transmission Fluid
Follow these steps when checking transmission fluid:
- Turn your engine on for a few minutes to warm it up before proceeding.
- Put your car in park before opening the hood.
- Locate the transmission fluid dipstick. On front-wheel-drive cars, you should find it to the right of the oil dipstick. Check your owner’s manual if you don’t see it.
- Remove the dipstick and touch the fluid. Move it around between your thumb and forefinger and look at the color. It should be almost clear, with a slightly pink hue. If it looks dirty or smells burnt, take it to the Major World service center for replacement.
- Wipe off the dipstick with an old rag. Then reinsert it back into your car. Pull it out again and recheck the level. If it’s under the “full” mark, add more transmission fluid until it’s full again. Be careful not to overfill it.
If you run into any issues, contact us at Major World. Our service center is conveniently located near Queens and are always happy to help.
Checking Transmission Fluid in a Sealed Transmission
If you can’t find a dipstick under your hood, you probably have what is called a sealed transmission. “Sealed” doesn’t mean you can’t access it. It simply means there’s not a dipstick to check the transmission fluid level. If your car has a sealed transmission, never attempt to check its fluid level as you could cause damage. Our service team can check your transmission fluid level the next time you bring your car in for maintenance.
When to Check the Fluid in a Sealed Transmission
Sealed transmission help reduce wasted transmission fluid, which saves you money in the long run. Still, the fluid will eventually need replacing. So, keep your eyes out for the following warning signs:
- The gears hesitate before changing
- Strange noises when changing gears
- A noticeable delay when the gears shift
How Often Do You Check Your Transmission Fluid?
So, how often do you check your transmission fluid? If you don’t have a sealed transmission, checking transmission fluid levels should be done monthly when you check your oil. Consult your owner’s manual for a more precise maintenance schedule for your make and model.
Major World is Here For All Your Auto Service Needs
From Brooklyn to Bronx, and beyond, we’re here for all your auto care needs. Please contact our service center online or by phone with any questions or concerns. We can even help with things like what to look for when test driving a car. Don’t forget to check our service specials before reaching out to us.