How to Check Your Transmission Fluid

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If you’re looking to save more on the services your vehicle needs, start by completing simple fluid checks at home. With our helpful guide on how to check your transmission fluid, you can conduct these checks at home and avoid scheduling an appointment. However, if you’d like to have the automotive experts at the Young Mazda service center take a look, keep in mind we offer service specials to help drivers like you save more on auto repairs. In the meantime, check out our guide on how to check your transmission fluid and keep your Mazda in good condition.



How to Check Your Transmission Fluid

If your vehicle has a manual transmission, you’ll need a jack as the transmission’s plug is typically located underneath the vehicle. If you drive a vehicle with an automatic transmission, it’ll be quick and easy to check the fluid yourself. Simply follow these steps:

  1. Park your car on a level surface and turn on the engine. Let it warm up. 
  2. Find the transmission fluid dipstick. Your owner’s manual will tell you where it’s located.
  3. Remove the dipstick and touch the fluid on the dipstick with your finger. It should be nearly clear to pink when you rub it with your thumb. If it’s cloudy or smells burnt, it’s time to change your transmission fluid.
  4. Wipe off the dipstick with a rag, then reinsert it. Pull it out again. If it’s below the “Full” marking, add more of the appropriate transmission fluid. Use a funnel to pour in enough to get the level to the right spot. 

Need-to-Know Transmission Fluid Facts

So, how often do you check your transmission fluid? Drivers should check all of the vital fluids in the vehicle — oil, brake fluid, and transmission fluid for starters — at least once a month. In addition to having these checked, it’s important to know the following about transmission fluid:

  • If your vehicle hesitates before shifting gears, check your transmission fluid first to rule out that it’s not low. If it’s fine, it’s time to visit the Young Mazda service center.
  • The kind of transmission fluid you need will depend on the age of your Mazda and if you have a manual or automatic transmission. Your vehicle’s owner’s manual will tell you what kind you need.
  • Replace your transmission fluid every 50,000 to 100,000 miles, depending on your driving habits in Allentown. 

Learn More Service Tips with Young Mazda

After you learn how to check your transmission fluid, find more car-care tips from our service center near Nazareth. If you have any questions in the meantime, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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