How To Check Your Transmission Fluid Levels

January 10th, 2019 by

transmission fluid pouring into engine

Learning how to check your transmission fluid is an essential skill for car owners to master as part of routine car maintenance. Just as important as a regular oil change, understanding how to check your transmission fluid on a regular basis can help prevent maintenance issues before they become serious. Simply follow these step-by-step instructions on how to check your transmission fluid and when you’re ready to schedule car maintenance, schedule a service appointment at our Nissan service center in Richmond

  1. Start your car’s engine and let it run for a few moments. The engine should be warmed up to check the level of your transmission fluid.
  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 slight pink color. If the fluid appears dirty or gives off a burnt smell, you should bring your car into a service center for a transmission fluid replacement.
  4. Use a rag to wipe off the dipstick. Then, insert the dipstick back into fluid cavity. Pull it out again and check the level. If it’s under the “Full” marking, you’ll need to add more transmission fluid.
  5. Use a funnel when adding new transmission fluid to bring the fluid level up to full. Be sure not to overfill it.

If you run into any issues when checking your transmission fluid levels, feel free to contact our Nissan service center at Nissan of Richmond, as our reliable mechanics are happy to extend expert service to customers from Glennallen and beyond.

How Often Should You Check Your Transmission Fluid?

At least once a month you should check the important fluid levels in your car, if you drive for a living or drive long distances frequently, it’s worth checking as often as you can. Fluids to keep an eye on include your transmission fluid, power steering fluid, brake fluid, antifreeze, and engine oil. Consult your owner’s manual for a more specific maintenance schedule for your Nissan car SUV or Nissan truck.

The Basics of Transmission Fluid

Your transmission is one of the most important and complex parts of your car’s engine. Before you check your transmission fluid, you should know a few key things about transmission fluid:

  • You’ll want to replace your transmission fluid every 50,000 to 100,000 miles. The actual amount depends on your driving habits, type of transmission, and other factors. Check your owner’s manual for a more specific replacement interval.
  • You’ll want to replace your transmission fluid every 50,000 to 100,000 miles. The actual amount depends on your driving habits, type of transmission, and other factors. Check your owner’s manual for a more specific replacement interval.
  • Not all transmission fluid is the same, with different types for recent models, manual transmissions, and automatic transmissions. Your owner’s manual will recommend a particular type of transmission fluid.
  • If your vehicle hesitates before shifting gears, it might be due to low transmission fluid. However, it could be the sign of a more serious problem. Check the fluid level first, but if it’s fine, schedule service with us today.

Find Affordable Transmission Flush Services in Richmond

Our reliable mechanics in Richmond can help with any questions you have about vehicle service or maintenance like how to change your spark plugs or when to change your Nissan battery. Contact our service center at 804-346-4200 or stop by our Nissan dealership showroom just outside of Mechanicsville.

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