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How to Check Your Transmission Fluid

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How to Check Your Transmission Fluid

Checking your transmission fluid is very simple, quick and easy. Despite how easy and important it is, most people still don’t have a clue how to do it. Here at Back To Top, we are Portland auto repair specialists, and we know all there is to know about transmissions. We provide our customers with the most thorough Back To Top can offer. We have written this guide to educate you on how to inspect your own transmission fluid for automatic transmissions.

If your vehicle is having a hard time switching gears, it could be the sign of a transmission problem. However, before you jump to the conclusion that your transmission needs to be fixed, check your transmission fluid level. A bad transmission and one that is low on fluid can often exhibit the same symptoms and warning signs. To check your fluid level, you must first locate your transmission dipstick. In a rear-wheel drive vehicle, it is located to the rear of the engine. In a front-wheel drive vehicle it is located near the front, usually sticking out of the transaxle. Put your car in park or neutral with the engine running and the parking brake engaged. Once the engine is warm, pull out the transmission dip stick and rub the fluid on it between your thumb and index finger. If it smells burnt or has a lot of particles floating in it, then you should have a mechanic perform a complete transmission flush. Clean the dip stick with a rag and reinsert it to check how much transmission fluid is present. There is a “full” line on your dip stick that tells you exactly how much fluid you need. If it isn’t full, use a funnel to precisely fill it to the line. Before you do this, you should read your owner’s manual to see exactly what type of fluid your vehicle requires.

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If you don’t have an adequate supply of transmission fluid it can decrease the lifespan of your transmission. If you suspect that you have a problem with your transmission, we have the expertise to make repairs. Contact our Portland auto repair shop today.


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