Checking The Automatic Transmission Fluid Of Your Car

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If your vehicle hesitates as soon as your automatic transmission shifts gears, check the transmission fluid level before you let any mechanic start speaking about servicing or adjusting your transmission or selling you a new one. To confirm your automatic transmission fluid, look for a dipstick handle sticking out of your transmission. This is located toward the rear of an in-line engine on vehicles with rear-wheel drive as shown here:

Where to locate the transmission fluid dipstick in an inline engine.

How to find the transmission fluid dipstick in an inline engine.

The transmission fluid dipstick is sticking out of the transaxle, as shown here, if your vehicle has front-wheel drive.

Where to find the transmission fluid dipstick if you have front-wheel drive.

Where to find the transmission fluid dipstick if you have front-wheel drive.

The fluid level in a manual transmission should be checked with the vehicle over a hoist make it possible for the technician to reach a plug in the bottom of the transmission

To check your automatic transmission fluid, adopt these measures:

Pull out the dipstick.

With all the gearshift in Neutral or Park as well as the parking brake on, let your engine run. Be certain the engine is warm when you grab the dipstick. (Don’t shut down the engine.)

Check the fluid.

Dip the tip of your index finger into the fluid on the dipstick and rub the fluid between your finger and the tip of your thumb. The transmission fluid about the dipstick must be pinkish and almost clear. If it looks or smells burnt or has particles in it, use a mechanic drain and change the fluid.

Wipe the dipstick having a clean, lint-free rag; then reinsert it and pull it out again.

If the transmission fluid is obvious but doesn’t reach the “Full” line around the dipstick, make use of a funnel to pour just enough transmission fluid down the dipstick tube to attain the line. Don’t overfill!

There are several types of transmission fluid. Each is perfect for a specific sort of automatic transmission. Newer transmissions from the major automakers require different fluid than older ones. Check your owner’s manual or dealership to learn which type of fluid your vehicle requires, because many kinds of transmissions are around these days.

A faulty transmission and one that’s just low on fluid share a lot of the same symptoms! If your vehicle hesitates whenever your automatic transmission shifts gears, check the transmission fluid level before you let any mechanic start referring to servicing or adjusting your transmission or selling you a new one. Obviously, adding transmission fluid is a lot less expensive than replacing the full transmission system!