How to Check Your Transmission Fluid

Hand pouring transmission fluid through funnel

In order to keep your new, used, or certified pre-owned Acura running at its best, Providence and Warwick drivers may be curious how often do you check your transmission fluid. This can be done with simple steps at home and you can understand the different types of transmission fluids available. Learn more about how to check your transmission fluid at First Acura.

How Often Do You Check Your Transmission Fluid?

Drivers should aim to check their transmission fluid levels every month or so, as well as monthly inspections on your power steering fluid and engine oil. Checking these things can easily become part of your car care routine whether you’re checking your tire pressure or getting a car wash. Follow these simple steps to check your transmission fluid:

  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.

Transmission Fluid Basics

Along with your engine, your engine is one of the most important components of your Acura. Before you check your transmission fluid, be sure to keep these helpful tips in mind as you inspect your vehicle:

  • Not all transmission fluid is the same, with different types for recent models, manual transmissions, and automatic transmissions. Check your owner’s manual for a recommended transmission fluid.
  • Checking the fluid on a manual transmission will usually require a jack to access a plug located beneath the car. Visit our service center near Cranston if you need assistance.
  • If your vehicle hesitates before shifting gears, it might be due to low transmission fluid and could be a sign of a more serious problem. Check the fluid level first, but if it’s fine, schedule service with us today.
  • Aim to replace your transmission fluid every 50,000 to 100,000 miles, but this can depend on your driving habits, type of transmission, and the specific replacement interval from your owner’s manual.

Learn About More Vehicle Services at First Acura

Now that you know how to check your transmission fluid, you can count on the First Acura service team to provide quality vehicle services you’re looking for and get you back on the road in no time. Learn about more vehicle maintenances like Acura B1 and B2 service, how to jump start a car, how to measure tire depthhow to clean leather seats, how often to change your oil, the difference between moonroofs and sunroofsand how oil changes work. We’re also proud to help you save more on the services you need with our service coupons. Contact us today to schedule an appointment near Attleboro and Taunton!

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