How to - Transmission fluid Print

How to check automatic transmission fluid.

  • Place your car at a level surface and engage the parking brake. Start the engine. Set transmission shifter in "P" (Park) position, set the break and let the engine idle (on some cars this procedure may be different, check the owners' manual for details). Pull the transmission dipstick. Check your owners manual to find where transmission dipstick is located in your car. 
  • Wipe it off with a clean lint free rag. Then insert it back carefully all the way down into its place. 
  • Pull again and check the fluid level. If the engine is cold, it should be within "COLD" marks. If the car was driven and is fully warmed up, the level should be at the upper end of the "HOT" mark. If it's just a little bit lower do not worry about it. Otherwise top it up. Check the fluid condition also: If it is too dark and dirty with burnt smell - your transmission is not going to last. Normally it should be clean and transparent red. Over the time it becomes brownish. If it is brown, check your owner's manual, it maybe time to change it.
  • How to top up the transmission fluid:
    Very important to use only specified transmission fluid - check your owners manual or simply visit your local dealer, they always have proper transmission fluid in stock. Incorrect transmission fluid can even destroy the transmission. Add a small amount of the fluid through the dipstick pipe. Wait for a five to ten minutes - let the fluid to flow down. Recheck the level again. Do not overfill. Overfill may also cause problems with your transmission.



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*** Note, the information contained in this guide is for educational purposes only and cannot substitute for the advice of professional mechanic or authorized dealer. Different cars have different requirements; for information specific to your car consult your owner's manual or call Speedline Auto & Tire (773) 878 3000 . Don't attempt to service your car if you don't have proper knowledge and tools, you can be injured and your vehicle could be damaged. Take your car to Speedline Auto & Tire 5250 N. Damen Avenue Chicago, Illinois 60625 or an authorized dealer/repair shop near you.