How to Check Transmission Fluid

Aside from your engine, your vehicle’s transmission is one of the most critical components needed to keep you safely cruising down the road.

Understanding how to check transmission fluid and when to schedule service can go a long way towards saving you from any costly repairs or unexpected breakdowns. Fortunately, the team at Honda of Slidell created this easy-to-use guide, so you can stay safe while traveling the roads of Slidell, Picayune, and St. Tammany Parish. Be sure to contact us today with any questions!

What’s the Importance of Transmission Fluid?

Relying on a complex system of gears, transmission fluid is needed to lubricate these gears, allowing them to move freely while removing any hazardous particle and debris. Essentially, without clean fluid, your transmission would quickly start to overheat and eventually seize.

A broken transmission is often an expensive and, in some instances, irreversible repair. The good news is that through a little knowledge and planning, you can typically avoid any unwelcomed surprises.

How Do I Check My Transmission Fluid?

If you’re like most American drivers, your vehicle probably uses an automatic transmission. If this is the case, checking your fluid levels is generally a quick and simple process.

First, you’ll need to park your vehicle in a level location that provides decent ventilation as your engine will need to be running to properly perform the check. Once you have your vehicle parked in a safe spot, open the hood and do the following:

  • Remove the Dipstick. If you drive a vehicle with front-wheel drive, the dipstick will be located towards the front of the engine. If you have rear-wheel drive, the dipstick is typically located towards the back of the engine near the windshield.
  • Check the Color and Consistency. Using a rag, run your fingers along the dipstick to inspect the transmission fluid. Healthy fluid should be odorless and appear either pink or translucent.
  • Check the Fluid Level. Wipe the dipstick clean before reinserting it back into its holster. Remove the dipstick and look to see whether the fluid reaches the full line located towards the bottom of the stick. If the line isn’t fully covered, clean fluid needs to be added.

If you drive a vehicle that uses a manual transmission, it’s advised that you have your fluid levels checked by our service center as you’ll most likely need a hoist to access the transmission plug.

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When to Change Transmission Fluid

To maintain your vehicle’s best performance, you should plan to change your vehicle’s transmission fluid every two to four years or the following:

  • 60,000 to 100,000 miles for automatic transmissions
  • 30,000 to 60,000 miles for manual transmissions

Obviously, you’re encouraged to check your transmission fluid at any time but to keep things easier for yourself, simply ask one of our certified technicians who can quickly inspect your fluid levels after every oil change.

Schedule Transmission Service Today!

At Honda of Slidell, our state-of-the-art service center is committed to providing drivers near Slidell, Picayune, and St. Tammany Parish with useful information to keep their vehicles at peak performance.

If you realize that you’re due for service after reading this guide, simply stop by, call, or go online to schedule an appointment that best suits your busy schedule.

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