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How to Check Transmission Fluid

Changing transmission fluid

If you check your transmission fluid on a regular basis, you’ll be able to catch any issues before they arise while driving around Cincinnati. As a Toyota transmission is what propels your vehicle in general, the right transmission fluid and maintenance will keep you moving without issue.



So, how often do you check your transmission fluid? Learn how to check your transmission fluid from the service experts at Beechmont Toyota. When you’re ready, schedule service with us over the phone or online.

Checking Transmission Fluid: Step-by-Step Guide 

So if you want a general overview, here’s how to check transmission fluid in a few easy steps:

  1. Turn off your engine for a few moments before moving forward. This is so the engine is warmed up to properly check the fluid. Make sure your vehicle is in park before getting out and opening the hood.
  2. Find your transmission fluid dipstick. On front-wheel-drive vehicles, it’s usually to the right of your oil dipstick. Check your owner’s manual if you can locate it properly.
  3. Remove your dipstick and touch the fluid, moving it around between your forefinger and thumb. Your fluid should be ideally clear with a pink hue. If it appears dirty or gives off a burnt small, take it to a service center for replacement.
  4. Use a rag to wipe off the dipstick. Then stick it back into your engine. Pull out your dipstick again and check the levels. 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.

Transmission Fluid: FAQs

When Should You Check The Fluid in a Sealed Transmission?

A sealed transmission is utilized to limit how much transmission fluid is wasted. There’s no dipstick to measure the fluid level in a sealed transmission, so you can count on our service center staff to check for any issues. Here are some indicators that you need to replace the sealed transmission fluid:

  • You’re hearing strange noises when the gears change.
  • The gears hesitate before changing.
  • During acceleration, there’s a delay, very noticeable, when your gears shift.

How Often Do You Check Your Transmission Fluid?

You should always remember to check your transmission fluid at least once a month. Remember to also check your vehicle’s power steering fluid and engine oil as well. It’s also critical to review your owner’s manual for specific details and fluid types.

Transmission Fluid Basics

  • Not all transmission fluids are the same, with different vehicle models, manual transmissions, and automatic transmission. Remember, your owner’s manual will spotlight what is ideal.
  • If you’re checking your fluid on a manual transmission vehicle, it will require a hack to access a plug beneath your car. For many drivers, journeying to our service center can also be very convenient. 
  • For those whose vehicles are hesitating before shifting gears, it can be caused by low transmission fluid. At the same time, it can be a sign of a more serious car issue. 
  • Your transmission fluid should be replaced every 50,000-100,000 miles. Although it should be noted that your driving habits, transmission type, and other vehicle factors will have a role in this. Your owner’s manual will spotlight the more specific replacement interval.

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Now that you know how to check transmission fluid levels, keep your vehicle running at peak performance with Beechmont Toyota. Check out our always-rotating service specials to see how much money you can save on your next visit.


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