Knowing how to check transmission fluid is a vital skill to ensure your vehicle stays working in optimal condition in Pasadena, TX. If your transmission fluid is low or dirty, the engine won't work as properly and your car might need expensive repairs in the future. Learn more about how often to check your transmission fluid with Bayway Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram and be sure to check out our service specials.

Transmission Fluid Basics

Learn the transmission fluid basics to understand how it affects your engine in Deer Park:

  • There are different types of transmission fluid for different models and transmissions. Check your owner's manual to find the type your vehicle needs.
  • Have you noticed your car hesitating before shifting gears? This is a sign your transmission fluid is low or that your car has a more serious problem. Check the level, and, if necessary, schedule a service appointment.
  • Depending on your transmission type and driving habits, transmission fluid should be replaced every 50,000 to 100,000 miles. 

Steps to Check Transmission Fluid 

Follow these steps to learn how to check your transmission fluid in Houston:

  1. Turn on your car and allow your engine to be warmed up.
  2. Locate the transmission fluid dipstick. Check for its location in your owner's manual.
  3. After you remove the dipstick, touch the fluid and move it between your thumb and forefinger. The fluid should be almost clear, with a pink hue. Is the transmission fluid dirty, or does it smell burned? If so, then it needs to be replaced. 
  4. After cleaning the dipstick off with a rag, place it back in the vehicle. Pull the dipstick out again and check the level. If it's below the "Full" marking, you'll need to add more. 
  5. Use a funnel to bring the fluid level up to full, but be sure to not overfill.

How Often Do You Check Your Transmission Fluid?

Transmission fluid should be checked monthly in La Porte as well as power steering fluid and engine oil. For more specific information on how frequency, check your owner's manual. 

Contact the Service Center at Bayway Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram

Want to learn other ways to care for your vehicle, like how to check engine oil or tire pressure? Contact the service center at Bayway Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram!