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How To: Inspect Your Transmission Fluid

Similar to your other essential fluids (oil, coolant, wiper fluid, brake, etc.), it's also important to check your transmission fluid to ensure it's proficient to do its job. When your transmission fluid starts to get low, you will need to bring it to a trusted auto repair shop for a transmission fluid flush or change, as well as a proper inspection of the entire transmission system.


Before you can do anything, you will need to find the transmission dipstick. Yes - the transmission has a dipstick! Dipsticks are made to ease the inspection purposes. It looks very comparable to the oil dipstick but is more hidden. It usually has a red handle or transmission/gear symbol top. Front-wheel vehicles tend to have the dipstick placed at the front of the engine near the transaxle. However, it is closer to the back of the engine in rear-wheel-drive cars. You can also refer to your owner's manual for more guidance. 


How to Check the Transmission Fluid Level

After you found the dipstick, you can inspect your transmission fluid level in four quick and easy steps:

  1. Withdraw the dipstick to examine the fluid. It's okay to get some of the liquid on your finger to closely study its appearance. Good fluid should be a clear pink or red in color. The solution should also be smooth and free of contaminants.
  2. Smell the fluid. You should check to see if the liquid has a burnt smell. If it exemplifies this symptom, you should take it to a professional to change out the fluid as soon as possible.
  3. Clean the dipstick with a rag.Anddip the stick back into the basin to check the level of the fluid. Closely monitor where the fluid sits on the pointer marks on the transmission dipstick. If it is close to being at the low or minimum line, then you should top it off with fresh fluid promptly.
  4. Reinsert the dipstick and close the reservoir cap all the way once you're done.

The visual inspection of transmission fluid isn't as bad and tedious as most people may think! The hardest part is probably looking for the dipstick. If anything looks unusual regarding your transmission and its fluid, please reach out to our service team at Sil's Complete Auto Care Center. Our skillful technicians can give you a dependable inspection and diagnosis of your transmission's condition. For all your automotive repair needs, give us a call at (289) 724-0177 or visit our shop in Oakville, ON, today!

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