Keeping an eye on your transmission fluid levels is crucial to the health and longevity of your engine and transmission. Transmission fluid acts as coolant, hydraulic fluid, and lubricant so that all the moving parts inside your transmission are working smoothly and properly. Ignoring your transmission fluid levels can cause shifting and slipping issues, or as a worst-case scenario, transmission overheating.
In order to stay safe during your travels around Philadelphia, Doylestown, Mechanicsburg, and Flemington, PA, check out Fred Bean’s handy guide below detailing when to change transmission fluid in your vehicle.
How to Check Your Transmission Fluid
1.Pull out the dipstick
- While your engine is running shift your gears to Neutral or Park. Having a warm engine when you check the dipstick is crucial.
2.Check the Fluid Color and Consistency
- Using your index finger and thumb, rub the fluid between your fingers.
- Healthy transmission fluid should be light pink or almost clear.
- Check for a burnt smell or burnt particles within the fluid.
- If it looks or smells burnt or is black/brown in color, have a skilled technician look at it immediately.
3.Check the Transmission Fluid Levels
- Wipe your dipstick clean with a lint free rag and reinsert it and pull it out again.
- Make sure your clear transmission fluid reaches the “Full” line.
- If it doesn’t reach the “Full” line, pour enough transmission fluid down the dipstick tube to reach the line without overfilling it.
This process may differ depending on your vehicle, be sure to check your car’s owner’s manual to confirm you’re checking the transmission fluid properly. In order to stay on top of your car’s transmission health, you should be doing these checks every six months.
How Often and When to Change Your Transmission Fluid
The average car will ideally need a transmission fluid change every 30,000-60,000 miles, or every 2 to 4 years, whichever happens to come first.While there’s no harm in changing it more often, sticking to this schedule will save you time and money and keep your car running smoothly for years to come.
There are some situations where your transmission fluid should be changed sooner. If you’re frequently in stop and go traffic, regularly tow or haul heavy objects, live in an unusually hot climate, or plow snow, you should get your transmission fluids changed every 15,000 miles.
Also keep in mind to always look out for possible leaks. If you’re running unusually low on transmission fluid, you almost definitely have a leak since transmission oil doesn’t burn up like engine oil. Transmission oil leaks drip down from the center of the car and are often a reddish light brown in color. If a reddish light brown liquid is leaking from the front of the car, then your leak is most likely from your power steering fluid.
Schedule a Transmission Fluid Change Today!
Changing your transmission fluid yourself can be a very dirty and tedious job, in order to ensure it’s done properly you’ll want to seek professional maintenance services. Here at Fred Beans, our trusted team of experts working at our service and parts collision center can guarantee exceptional maintenance jobs done at a low cost.
We want to keep you safe as you commute around Philadelphia, Doylestown, Mechanicsburg, and Flemington, PA. Schedule your transmission fluid change or routine maintenance check today!