How to Check Transmission Fluid

Transmission Cross Section Close-Up

As a car owner in Winter Haven, you’ll need to do routine checks here and there to make sure your car is working properly and to be proactive about any issues before they get worse. One of these checks includes the transmission fluid, which you can do in a few steps. Learn the steps from the service team at Regal Kia below!

 

 

Checking Transmission Fluid: Step-by-Step Guide

Here is the steps on how to check transmission fluid in your vehicle:

  1. Turn the engine on for a few minutes before moving to the next step, since the engine should be warmed up to properly check the level. Make sure your car is in park before getting out and opening the hood.
  2. Locate the transmission fluid dipstick. On front-wheel-drive cars, it’s usually located to the right of the oil dipstick. If you can’t find it, check your owner’s manual.
  3. Remove the dipstick and touch the fluid, moving it around between your thumb and forefinger. The fluid should be nearly clear, with a pink hue. If it looks dirty or gives off a burnt smell, take it to a service center for replacement. The pros at Regal Kia can help!
  4. Use a rag to wipe off the dipstick. Then insert it back into the vehicle. Pull it out again and check the level. If it’s under the “Full” marking, you’ll need to add more.
  5. Use a funnel to bring the fluid level up to the right spot. Be sure not to overfill it.

How Often Do You Check Your Transmission Fluid?

This check should be done every month as are other main fluid levels, such as power steering fluid and engine oil. If you want a more specific maintenance schedule, be sure to look into your owner’s manual.

Checking the Fluid in a Sealed Transmission

It’s possible that your vehicle has a sealed transmission especially if there’s no dipstick under the hood. This transmission isn’t “sealed” as in “can’t be accessed,” but it means that there’s no dipstick with which you can measure the transmission fluid level. If your car has a sealed transmission, don’t try to check its fluid level yourself. Our service team will take care of it when you bring it in for service. Here are some signs to look out for if your sealed transmission needs immediate attention:

  • You can hear strange noises when the gears change.
  • The gears hesitate before changing.
  • During acceleration, there’s a noticeable delay when the gears shift.

Count on the Regal Kia Service Team

Whether you have more questions about checking your transmission fluid or your Kia vehicle needs service near Plant City and Brandon, we can help! Contact us or make an appointment today. Want to learn more about daily car checks you should know about? Find out how to check car oil and more via our comprehensive guides.


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