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How to Check Transmission Fluid

Changing transmission fluid

It’s important to make sure that the essential areas of your vehicle are well taken care of to prevent costly damages further down the road. While many people know they have to change their engine oil, many don’t know how to check transmission fluid or how often to do so. It’s often recommended that you check your transmission fluid every month or every couple of months to make sure that it’s in tip-top shape. 

At Dover Honda, many of our customers who visit our Stratham-area service center often ask, “How often do you check your transmission fluid?” and other such questions. If you’re unsure, bring your vehicle down to our service center where we can take a look at it. Save time during your busy day by scheduling a service appointment. Check out what you can save with our service specials today!

How to Check Your Transmission Fluid 

Learning how to check your transmission fluid can be quite easy if you know where to look. Use the following steps to check the state of your transmission from home:

  1. Turn the engine on for a few minutes before proceeding, since the engine should be warmed up to properly check the level. Make sure your car is in park before getting out and opening the hood.
  2. 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. 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. 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. Use a funnel to bring the fluid level up to the right spot. Be sure not to overfill it.
  6. If you run into any issues, feel free to check with Dover Honda, providing service to customers from Salem and beyond.

Now, some vehicles are designed without a dipstick; this means the transmission fluid reservoir is sealed, but it still can be accessed. If you notice that your vehicle doesn’t have a dipstick, it’s risky to try to check the fluid in a sealed reservoir. Don’t try opening it, just bring it over to our Dover service center and have a pro look at it. 

How Often Do You Check Your Transmission Fluid?

You should check all of your vehicle’s fluid every month or so to make sure they’re fresh and not corroded. But, there are often signs that indicate when your vehicle’s transmission fluid should be changed. See the red flag signs below:

  • You can hear strange noises when the gears change. 
  • The gears hesitate before changing. 
  • During acceleration, there’s a noticeable delay when the gears shift.

Service Your Vehicle at Dover Honda

If it’s been a while since you’ve changed your transmission or you want to know how to check transmission fluid from home, visit our Saco-area dealership for more service and information. Contact us today!

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