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How to Check Transmission Fluid

Transmission Fluid

Do you know how to check transmission fluid in your vehicle? Here at Pat Peck Nissan, this is a question that we hear all the time, especially from our customers with automatic transmissions. With an automatic transmission, slight hesitations when you try to shift could be due to low transmission fluid levels. Knowing how to check transmission fluid can help you keep your car running more smoothly.

This comprehensive guide will walk you through the steps involved in checking your car's transmission fluid levels. And, if you live around Gulfport, Pascagoula or Waveland, MS, please don't hesitate to contact us for more info. We have some of the state's premier transmission experts, and we can tell you what's going on.

How to Check Transmission Fluid: 3 Simple Steps

The good news is that figuring out how to check your transmission fluid levels is a simple, three-step process.

  • Remove the dipstick. Typically, on most rear-wheel-drive models, the transmission fluid dipstick can be found behind the oil dipstick; and, on most front-wheel-drive models, it can be found to the right of the oil dipstick, sticking out of the transaxle apparatus. Locate it, and then pull it out.
  • Check the fluid levels and consistency. First, you'll want to check your fluid levels. To do this, simply read the markings on your dipstick. Then, you'll want to check your fluid consistency. Rub a bit of it between your finger and your thumb. If it's pinkish-clear, doesn't smell burnt and feels smooth, then it's good.
  • Clean and reinsert the dipstick. For this step, you're going to want to use a fresh, no-lint rag.

If you discover that your transmission fluid is low or has gone bad, we have a few tips on how to refill all that fluid.

Refilling Your Transmission

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When adding transmission fluid to your vehicle, it is best to use a funnel to avoid messy spills and wasted fluid.

Keep your car's engine and brake on. Make sure that you check and fill your transmission fluid with your parking brake engaged and your engine running. Keep the gearshift in neutral or park.

Use the correct fluid. There are many different types of transmission fluids, each catering to specific automatic transmissions. If you need helping picking the correct one, get in touch with us.

Keep in mind that with a manual transmission, you have to check your fluid levels with the vehicle on a hoist system. If you have a manual transmission fluid problem, our service technicians will be glad to help you.

Contact Pat Peck Nissan Today

If you don't feel comfortable checking and refilling transmission fluid yourself, or you check it and learn that there's a problem, just give us a call. Our Pat Peck Nissan service team is well-versed in everything having to do with transmissions - from fluid to repairs to replacements and more. Contact us today!

If you live near Waveland, Pascagoula or Gulfport, Mississippi, then we're only a short drive away, so schedule your appointmenttoday!

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