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How to Check Transmission Fluid On Your Car

Transmission Fluid Change

Wondering how to check transmission fluid levels on your Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram vehicle? Not sure why this aspect of regular maintenance is so important? The transmission is responsible for your vehicle’s forward motion, so regularly checking the transmission fluid level can help ensure that the transmission operates smoothly and can help to prevent future maintenance issues down the road. Find out how often you should check your transmission fluid on your new or used Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram vehicle with Brown Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram today! 

Instructions On How to Check Transmission Fluid Levels

Follow these five easy steps to learn how to check transmission fluid levels on your car, truck, or SUV: 

  1. Heat Up Engine: Turn the engine on for a few minutes before proceeding, since the engine should be warmed up to properly check the transmission fluid level. Make sure your car is in park before getting out and opening the hood.
  2. Locate Dipstick: 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. Examine Transmission Fluid: 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 replacement.
  4. Clean and Re-Insert Dipstick: 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. If Necessary, Refill Transmission Fluid: Use a funnel to bring the fluid level up to the right spot. Be sure not to overfill it.

How Often Do You Check Your Transmission Fluid?

So, before you set up a yearly transmission maintenance schedule, you should know the answer to this question: how often do you check your transmission fluid? If you’re not checking your main fluid levels once a month, you should immediately make that a priority. These checks should also include inspections of your engine oil and power steering fluid levels. However, your owner’s manual should have a more specific maintenance schedule and should be your go-to guide in case of any confusion. 

More About Transmission Fluid 

Your transmission is one of the most complicated components of your Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram vehicle. You should take note of the following information before doing any DIY maintenance: 

  • You’ll want to replace your transmission fluid every 50,000 to 100,000 miles. The actual amount depends on your driving habits, type of transmission, and other factors. Check your owner’s manual for a more specific replacement interval.
  • If your vehicle hesitates before shifting gears, it might be that the transmission fluid level is low. However, it could be a sign of a more serious problem. Check the fluid level first, but if it’s fine, schedule a service appointment with Brown Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram today.
  • Checking the fluid on a manual transmission will usually require a jack to access a plug located beneath the car. For most drivers, a visit to our service department near Uvalde is more convenient.
  • Not all transmission fluid is the same, with different types for recent models, manual transmissions, and automatic transmissions. Your owner’s manual will recommend the type of transmission fluid required for your specific vehicle.

Have Service Questions? Brown Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram Has the Answers!

Have any further questions about how to check transmission fluid levels on your car, truck, or SUV? Feel free to contact us online for more information! You can also stop by our Devine dealership and speak with one of our representatives regarding any and all service-related questions or concerns you may have. 

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