How Do I Check My Transmission Fluid?
Checking the quality and level of your transmission fluid is another one of those maintenance services you can do on your own if you know how. The fluid helps you to shift smoothly and is another important aid in maintaining your powertrain, though it is changed much less frequently than your engine oil.
But unlike with an oil change, your vehicle needs to be running in order to inspect the transmission fluid. Why’s that? Because an automatic transmission has its own fluid pump what must fill the torque converter in order to get an accurate reading.
Checking Your Transmission Fluid: The Steps
1. Parked on a level surface, with your engine running and in park or neutral, pull out the transmission dipstick. Consult your owner’s manual if you are uncertain where this is located.
2. Wipe the dipstick clean, then reinsert it fully, wait a few seconds, then remove it once more.
3. Inspect the dipstick to see if the fluid level reaches the “Warm” mark.
4. If the level falls short, you will need to add more transmission fluid. Ensure to use fluid with the proper viscosity or type of lubricant.
5. Use the owner’s manual to find the recommended transmission fluid type, along with the location where to poor in additional fluid. After topping off the tank, replace the clean dipstick and take another reading after waiting a few moments.
Elsewhere, when checking your transmission fluid, check for any metallic flakes or other visible impurities. Typically automatic transmission fluid is rosy or red, so if it is murky and brown, it may be time for a fluid flush. If so, schedule a service appointment with River City Nissan.
Please contact us with any other questions you may have on checking your transmission fluid.