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How to Check Transmission Fluid

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Most drivers are familiar with the importance of an oil change, but what about your transmission fluid? Do you know when this should be checked? Or flushed?

Regular checks of the transmission fluid can help save you money during the life of your vehicle. In this post, our team at Braman Honda Miami will teach drivers in the Miami, Doral, and Hialeah areas how to check transmission fluid.

The Importance of Checking Your Transmission Fluid

Sometimes when you’re sick, your doctor may check your blood. In the transmission, the fluid is like the blood, and it needs to be in good condition for everything to work right. A sick transmission isn’t a cheap fix. It’s essential to check for leaks, old fluid, or low fluid level regularly to ensure proper function.

Preparing for a Fluid Check

Luckily, checking the transmission fluid is incredibly easy. Have the owner’s manual and a towel on hand. Then, start the engine and allow it to run for a while so the transmission fluid heats up.

Once complete, follow the steps below:

  1. Find the dipstick for your transmission fluid. It should be a handle sticking directly out of the transmission.
  2. Remove the dipstick. Keep the engine running and the car in the park or neutral position.
  3. Wipe off the dipstick with your towel, and look for the following…

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  • Red: This is a good sign; it means your transmission fluid is healthy.
  • Dark red/light brown: It’s not uncommon for transmission fluid to be dark red in color, although you might want to keep an eye on it.
  • Dark brown/black: Schedule a service appointment right away.

Check the Smell

Transmission fluid should be relatively odorless. If your fluid smells burnt, there’s likely an issue with the transmission system.

Check the Consistency

It’s normal for used transmission fluid to be on the thicker side, but it should be free of debris. Debris could indicate a more serious problem with your transmission system.

  1. Wipe off the dipstick again to make sure it’s completely clean, and put it back into the slot.
  2. Then, take it out again. You can now use the dipstick to read the fluid levels and see if more transmission fluid is needed.

If you’d like assistance adding fluid, feel free to contact us at Braman Honda Miami.

Professional Transmission Fluid Service

As you can see, checking your transmission fluid is easy. This simple process can potentially help you avoid more expensive problems down the road.

If you’re in the Miami, Doral, or Hialeah area, you can contact us at Braman Honda Miami for a transmission inspection and any replacement fluid that might be needed.

 

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