How Do I Check The Transmission Fluid Level?

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Taking care of your transmission by checking fluid levels and changing it when needed will keep your car traveling smoothly from Oklahoma City to Midwest City and beyond. Read on to learn how to do just that and, if your transmission fluid is running a low, schedule a visit at AutoMax Hyundai of Del City and let us take care of it.

The Importance of Transmission Fluid

Transmission fluid acts as a coolant and lubricant. It keeps your gears from grinding together and helps to keep things cool within the system. Keeping the right amount of clean fluid in your transmission will ensure your car shifts gears when you want it to, and that your transmission lasts a good long time.

Major Signs Your Transmission Fluid is Running Low

If your car is hesitating before shifting, refusing to engage gears, increasing in temperature, or is grinding when it does shift, you could have a low fluid issue. Checking and filling your fluid could help fix these issues and have your car running like new.

How to Check Your Fluid Levels

Checking the fluid yourself is simple and something you can do even without any automotive maintenance experience:

  1. Locate Your Dipstick. Check your owner’s manual for the location of the transmission fluid dipstick and remove it.
  2. Examine the Fluid. Check the fluid to see if it looks burned or dark. Rub the fluid between two fingers and check for metal shavings.
  3. Clean the Dipstick. Use a lint-free cloth to clean the fluid off the dipstick and replace it in the engine.
  4. Check the Fluid Level. Remove the dipstick again and check the level on the dipstick. If it doesn’t reach the “Full” line, use a funnel to carefully fill the transmission. Check your owner’s manual to find out what type of fluid your car needs.

The Dangers of a Faulty Transmission

Neglecting your transmission fluid will eventually lead to system failure. Without fluid, your transmission cannot shift gears, can overheat, and will eventually suffer a catastrophic failure that could potentially leave you stranded.

Have Your Transmission Fluid Levels Checked by Your Oklahoma City and Midwest City Experts

If you’re concerned about your transmission fluid levels, contact AutoMax Hyundai of Del City at (405) 217-3451 or visit our Oklahoma City and Midwest City Service Center at 4401 Tinker Diagonal St. in Del City, OK.