How to Check Your Transmission Fluid

As the component of the car that divvies up power between the wheels, the transmission is by far one of the most important. Without enough fluid, it won’t be getting you anywhere in the Maple Shade, Moorestown, or Cherry Hill areas.

Signs Your Transmission Fluid Needs to Be Changed at Elite Acura

How can you check your transmission fluid from home? It’s quite simple, actually—and the Elite Acura team is going to show you how.

Checking Your Transmission Fluid: How to Find the Dipstick

In order to check your transmission fluid, the first thing you need to do is locate the dipstick. In cars with different sized engines or different drivetrains, you’ll find it in a different place.

Rear-wheel drive cars with in-line engines typically place the transmission fluid dipstick at the back of the engine. In a front-wheel drive vehicle, on the other hand, the dipstick is up front, sticking out of the transaxle.

If you’re going to check the transmission fluid, the car should be turned on and placed in either park or neutral. Warm fluid is easier to get a read on.

Pull out the dipstick and wipe it down with a clean rag or paper towel. Then, stick it into the fluid and pull it out again.

Reading Your Transmission Fluid Dipstick

When it comes to reading your transmission fluid dipstick, there’s two main things you’ll want to consider: the color and the depth of the fluid.

First things first, let’s talk about color. Healthy and effective transmission fluid should be a pinkish red color. Over time (a period of years), the fluid will start to deteriorate and collect engine debris. This will turn it an increasingly dark brown color.

Reading Your Transmission Fluid Dipstick at Elite Acura

Take note of color during your transmission fluid check. If the fluid is too dark, it should probably be flushed and replaced.

Next, look at the depth. Your dipstick should have a few different notches on it, each indicating the maximum and minimum levels for both warm and cool fluid. If your fluid falls below the minimum, it’ll need to be topped off.

Signs Your Transmission Fluid Needs to Be Changed

Outside of checking your transmission fluid, there are a few signs you can look for to understand it’s due for a change:

  • Grinding noises. The buildup of grime in the transmission fluid can cause it to grind slightly when your car attempts to shift gears.
  • Slipping gears. You may feel the car struggling to shift gears or juddering when you do so.
  • Vehicle surges. As you attempt to come to a stop or to set the car back in motion, the transmission may surge a little bit.
  • Delays in movement. Transmission issues can also cause your car to delay entirely when you attempt to put it back in motion.

Schedule a Transmission Flush

After you’ve checked your transmission fluid, you may want to immediately schedule a flush. The sooner you get on it, the better your car will perform.

Maple Shade, Moorestown, and Cherry Hill drivers should contact Elite Acura to schedule transmission service today!