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How to check your transmission fluid

9 STEPS

Keep an eye on your transmission fluid to ensure your vehicle runs smoothly.

WHAT YOU'LL NEED

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Read your owner's manual - it's there for a reason

Follow the instructions for checking your transmission fluid levels

Step

Make sure your vehicle is on level ground

Step

Warm up the engine with a quick drive

Shift the transmission through all gears - bringing the engine to a good operating temperature

Step

Put the vehicle in PARK

Pop the hood and pull out the dipstick - make sure the vehicle is still running

Step

Wipe the diptick with a clean, lint-free rag. Reinsert it and pull it out again

When you first pull out the dipstick, the fluid should be red/pink toned

Step

Change the fluid if it is very dark or milky

You don’t want it to smell burnt, or contain any particles

Step

If you check the transmission fluid and it's "clear", but doesn't reach the "full" line on the dipstick, use a funnel

Pour in just enough fluid down the dipstick tube to reach the line - becareful not to overfill

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Return the dipstick to the holding tube and push it all the way back down the tube.

Step

Double check the dipstick to ensure you’ve filled the transmission to the correct level