How to Check Your Transmission Fluid

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Regular transmission fluid checks are simple to do yourself at home or on the go, and they can help prevent engine issues and catch maintenance problems before they become serious.

Simply follow these steps:

  1. Turn the car on and let the engine run for a few minutes–the engine should be warmed up to check the fluid levels.
  2. To determine whether to turn the engine off or keep the engine running while you check the transmission fluid, be sure to consult your owner’s manual. Some cars will have you check it with the engine off.
  3. Find the transmission fluid dipstick–it’s typically located towards the front of the engine.
  4. Checking the fluid quality–Pull out the dipstick and touch the fluid, moving it around between your thumb and forefinger. The fluid should be nearly clear, with a pink hue. If it looks dirty or gives off a burnt smell, it’s time to replace the fluid
  5. Checking the fluid level–Use a rag to wipe off the dipstick. Then insert it back into the vehicle. Pull it out again and check the level. If it’s under the “Full” marking, you’ll need to add more.
  6. Use a funnel to bring the fluid level up to the right spot. Be sure not to overfill it.

If you run into any issues, rely on the Land Rover North Scottsdale service center near Paradise Valley and Scottsdale for assistance.

How Often Do You Check Your Transmission Fluid?

All main fluid levels should be checked monthly, including transmission fluid, power steering fluid, and engine oil. You should replace your transmission fluid every 50,000 to 100,000 miles, depending on your driving habits, type of transmission, and other factors. Check your owner’s manual for a more specific replacement interval.

Transmission Fluid Basics

Your transmission is one of the most complex parts of your vehicle. Before you check your transmission fluid, explore these tips:

  • Checking the fluid on a manual transmission will usually require a jack to access a plug located beneath the car.
  • Not all transmission fluid is the same, with different types for recent models, manual transmissions, and automatic transmissions. Your owner’s manual will recommend a particular type of transmission fluid.
  • If your vehicle hesitates before shifting gears, it might be due to low transmission fluid. However, it could be a sign of a more serious problem. Check the fluid level first, but if it’s fine, schedule service with us today.

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If you want to know about vehicle care, or if you have any questions about things like how to choose the best off-roading tires for a Range Rover, rely on Land Rover North Scottsdale. Contact our service center at (877) 704-6950 or make the trip from Cave Creek or Carefree to get your vehicle serviced by Land Rover-certified technicians!

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