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How to Check Transmission Fluid

Your transmission is one of the most important parts of your car. Like every other part, though, it needs maintenance and care to keep working for you. So, how can you check on your transmission at home?

To help drivers in Brockton, Randolph, and Stoughton keep their transmissions in good shape, Nissan 24 walks you through the steps of how to check transmission fluid.

Checking Transmission Fluid

Checking your transmission fluid is both important and easy. Almost every issue your transmission can run into is the result of low or old fluid. Luckily, to check the state of your transmission, all you need is a rag or paper towel. Once you’ve got that item, just follow these simple steps:

  1. Find Your Dipstick – Pop the hood of your car and look for the transmission’s dipstick. The location of your dipstick can vary depending on what kind of vehicle you drive. Usually, your owner’s manual will have a diagram or instructions on where to find it.
  2. Make Sure You’re Level – Since one of the things we’re checking is how much transmission fluid you have, you’ll want to park your car on a level surface. This will give us the most accurate reading.
  3. Start Your Engine – For the best look at how your transmission fluid is holding up, your engine will need to warm up. This will show you how your fluid looks when you’re actually driving.
  4. Pull Out the Dipstick & Wipe It Off – After a few minutes, pull the dipstick out while the engine How to Check Transmission Fluid Brockton MA | Nissan 24is still running. Then, wipe it off with the rag or paper towel that you brought. Before putting it back in, inspect the fluid. If it’s a red, maroon, or light brown color, your transmission is in good shape. If it’s dark brown or black, you should see a technician as quickly as possible. Look for any pieces or metal shavings, too. Lastly, give it a sniff. Transmission fluid should be odorless. If it smells like it’s burning, schedule service immediately.
  5. Put the Dipstick Back In, Then Pull It Out – Put the dipstick back in, then quickly pull it out again. At the bottom, you should see some markings to help you check the levels. This can appear as a + and – symbol or words like full and add or low. Ideally, you’ll be right in the middle. Too much or too little fluid and you should see a technician to get your levels adjusted.
  6. Check Under the Car – If it looks like your levels are low, look under the car. Often, low transmission fluid is caused by a leak. If your transmission is leaking, you’ll be able to see fluid dripping onto your driveway.

Nissan Transmission Service Center

Some transmissions don’t have a dipstick and can only be checked by a professional in a service center. If you’re not able to find the dipstick or notice any of the signs of low or old fluid, schedule service with the technicians at Nissan 24.

The knowledgeable staff in our service center is highly trained to help drivers in Brockton, Randolph, and Stoughton with all your transmission issues. For more information on how to check or change transmission fluid, contact us or visit our service center.