How to Check Transmission Fluid

Changing transmission fluid

Knowing how to check your transmission fluid could help prevent auto maintenance issues before they become severe problems on Austin roads. Your auto transmission is what moves your new Acura forward, so it’s essential to check your transmission fluid routinely. If you don’t know how to check transmission fluid, or want to know how often do you check transmission fluid, don’t worry. Read this guide from Sterling Acura of Austin, and if you need auto service, contact us or make a service appointment online.

Checking Transmission Fluid: Step-by-Step Guide 

Follow these steps below so you’ll know how to check transmission fluid:

  1. Warm up the engine by letting it run for a few minutes before proceeding. Set your parking brake before opening the hood of your car.
  2. Locate your transmission fluid dipstick. On front-wheel-drive cars, it’s often just to the right of the oil dipstick. If you can’t find it, check your owner’s manual.
  3. Remove the dipstick and inspect the fluid. Move it around between your thumb and forefinger, noting the color. The transmission fluid should be almost transparent, with a slightly pink hue. If it looks dirty or smells burnt, change it, or make a service appointment at Sterling Acura of Austin.
  4. Use an old rag to wipe the fluid off the dipstick. Then, insert the dipstick back into your Acura. Pull it out once again to check the fluid level. If it’s under the “Full” marking, add some more.
  5. Use a funnel to slowly pour in more transmission fluid and bring the level up to the full mark. Be careful not to overfill it.

If you encounter any problems, contact us at Sterling Acura of Austin, and we’ll have you back on Kyle roads in no time. 

Checking the Fluid in a Sealed Transmission 

If your Acura doesn’t have a dipstick for transmission fluid under the hood, you likely have a sealed transmission. If your vehicle has a sealed transmission, don’t even try to check its fluid level, as you might damage your car. The service team at Sterling Acura of Austin will happily check the transmission fluid level for you when you bring your Acura in for routine maintenance.

When to Check the Fluid in a Sealed Transmission 

A sealed transmission helps reduce the amount of wasted transmission fluid, saving you money in the long term. Still, issues can arise on Buda roads, and the transmission fluid will eventually need replacing. Keep an eye out for the following indicators that show that it might be time to have your transmission fluid replaced in your sealed transmission:

  • You hear strange noises when the gears shift. 
  • The gears no longer change smoothly.
  • When you accelerate, there’s an apparent delay when the gears shift.

How Often Do You Check Your Transmission Fluid?

If you want to know how often do you check your transmission fluid, the answer is monthly. You should also inspect your power steering fluid, and engine oil. Be sure to check your owner’s manual for a specific maintenance schedule for your Acura model.

Sterling Acura of Austin is Always at Your Service

Sterling Acura of Austin is conveniently located near San Marcos and always happy to help. From car maintenance to new tires or a new Acura, we’re here for you!. You can contact us online or by phone, or just stop by our showroom near. Reach out to us today!

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