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How to Check Transmission Fluids

How to Check Transmission Fluids

Checking your fluids is an important part of car maintenance, but oil isn’t the only fluid you need to keep track of. Transmission fluid is a very important liquid to monitor. That’s why we at Mile High Honda have explored how to check your transmission fluid levels.

Read more to learn how Centennial, Aurora, and Denver area drivers can keep excellent care of their vehicles

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When Should You Check Your Transmission Fluid?

When Should You Check Your Transmission Fluid?Drivers don’t need to expect to change their transmission fluid as often as they need to change their oil. That being said, it’s important for drivers to consistently check their transmission fluid often to ensure that their vehicle is always up to date.

Transmission fluid should be inspected every month or so, about every time you check your oil. This is because while transmission fluid will last longer than oil, the levels may still end up going down. If your fluid is going low fairly rapidly, it could be due to a leak.

The Steps to Checking Your Transmission Fluid

Checking your fluid is similar to checking your oil in many ways. First, you’re going to want to locate your transmission dipstick. In a standard front-wheel drive car, this should be located somewhere between the engine and the battery. It’s also important to have your car turned on when you do this; your transmission fluid should be warm as you check it.

The steps to checking your transmission fluid are as follows:

  • Turn your car on and wait for it to warm up.
  • Pull out the transmission dipstick, wipe it off, and insert it back in again.
  • Pull the dipstick back out and check that your fluid is on the “WARM” line.

It’s important to make sure that your fluid is sitting along the “WARM” line and doesn’t go down to the “COLD” line. If you find that your transmission fluid is down to the “COLD” line, fill your transmission reserves back up using a funnel.

What to Look Out for When Changing Your Transmission Fluid

Changing Your Transmission FluidApart from making sure that your fluid levels are high enough, it’s also important to ensure that your fluid is clean as well. Transmission fluid ages naturally over the course of your vehicle’s lifespan, so there’s usually no need to check for leaks when it gets old. That being said, there are a few signs to look out for when conducting your monthly fluid check.

Primarily, what you’re going to be looking at here is the color of your transmission fluid. Standard fluid will appear red and progressively get darker, generally moving from vibrant red, fading into orange, before finally starting to burn. It’s when this burning occurs that you should have your fluid changed.

The consistency is also important to note here as this often signifies older transmission fluid. If you don’t drive your car very much and the fluid goes unused, it can get thicker. If you find any metal shavings in the fluid as well, it can often be a sign of worn-out gears, so have your transmission inspected if this occurs.

Schedule Your Next Transmission Service at Our Dealership

When it’s time to get your transmission fluid replaced, it’s best not to wait on it. That’s why at Mile High Honda, we offer a convenient service center on-site at our dealership. We are eager to help Centennial, Aurora, and Denver area drivers keep their cars running for years to come.

If you’re due to replace your transmission fluid, schedule service with us online or over the phone today!

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