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How to Check Transmission Fluid

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Curious about how to check your transmission fluid? The experts at Beach Ford can help. It’s important to understand how to check your transmission fluid — and how often — so you can be sure your car’s transmission is in great shape. Your car’s transmission is what keeps it running, so you’ll want to follow regular maintenance to keep it in good condition. If you have any questions about how often to check your transmission fluid, rely on our Ford service department around Conway. We’ll walk you through how to check your transmission fluid in just a few steps.

Steps to Checking Your Transmission Fluid

If you plan on checking your transmission fluid on your own, you’ll want to follow these steps:

  • Turn your engine on and let it cool before proceeding and checking your fluid levels. Your car should be in park before you open the hood.
  • Locate your transmission fluid dipstick (typically on the right of the oil dipstick in front-wheel drive cars).
  • Remove the dipstick. Touch the fluid with your thumb and forefinger — the fluid should be clear with a pink hue. If your transmission fluid appears to be dirty or omits an odor, you should schedule service at our service department for a fluid replacement.
  • After wiping off the dipstick, insert it back into your car. Next, pull it back out to check the level once more. You’ll need to add more if it falls under the “full” designation.
  • Be sure to use a funnel when adding more transmission fluid to your vehicle. It’s important not to overfill as well.

Feel free to get in touch with our team if you have any questions or simply want to know how often to change your transmission fluid.

Checking Fluid Levels in a Sealed Transmission

If you can’t find a dipstick under the hood of your car, you may have a sealed transmission, which doesn’t mean you can’t access it. Instead, it simply means that there is no dipstick for measuring the fluid levels, and requires our service team in the Murrells Inlet area to check the transmission fluid levels for you.

When You Should Check Sealed Transmission Fluids

How often should you check transmission fluids in a sealed transmission? Sealed transmissions are meant to limit the amount of wasted transmissions fluids, which saves you money. Even though they are sealed, though, it still doesn’t hurt to replace the transmission fluids over time especially if you aren’t sure how often you should check your fluids. Keep an eye out for these signs, as they could be your car giving you a warning that something is wrong.

  • The gears hesitate before changing.
  • You hear a strange noise when the gears change.
  • During acceleration, there is a delay between gear shifts.

How Often Do You Check Your Transmission Fluid?

While your owner’s manual is a great source of information, you should as a rule of thumb check all of your vehicle’s main fluids every month. This means checking not only your transmission fluids, but also power steering fluids, engine oil, antifreeze, wiper fluid, and brake fluids.

Basics of Transmission Fluid

Before you check your transmission fluid, you have to understand that transmissions are one of the most complex parts of a car. Keep in mind the following tips:

  • Not all cars use the same type of transmission fluid. The year and model of your car, and whether it is manual or automatic, can change the type of fluid used. Check your owner’s manual for the proper transmission fluid.
  • If you do drive a manual you still need to check transmission fluids, though this usually requires a jack to access the underside of the car. For many drivers, bringing their car into a service center in the Murrells Inlet area is more convenient.
  • If you are having trouble shifting gears this could be a sign of low transmission fluid levels, or something more serious. If you check your car’s levels and continue to experience this issue, schedule service immediately to prevent more damaging issues.
  • While it’s good to check your fluids every month, transmission fluids in particular should be replaced after 50,000 to 100,000 miles. Though this can vary slightly based on your driving habits and model car.

Come See Beach Ford for All Your Service Needs

When it comes to service and maintenance to keep your vehicle running smoothly on the roads of Florence, our service center is always an ideal resource. Contact our service center today to set up an appointment, or come in with any questions.

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