How to Check Transmission Fluid
Your car’s transmission is what directs power from the engine to the wheels, and is essentially what makes your car go when you press down on the gas pedal. Transmission fluid keeps the transmission running smoothly by cooling and lubricating its various components. Therefore, it’s essential that your transmission fluid is always filled to the right level, so you can keep driving the Matthews streets smoothly. Your owner’s manual will tell you how often you should check your transmission fluid, and what kind of fluid to use if you need to refill it.
How to Check Transmission Fluid: The Process
Checking your transmission fluid isn’t difficult, but it does require following a specific process. We’ve outlined the major steps below for Indian Trail drivers to quickly and easily check their fluid and replace it if necessary:
- Put your car in PARK in a safe, flat location and turn the engine on. Transmission fluid presents a different level when it’s cold, and that could throw off your reading, so you’ll need to allow it to warm up a bit before you check the transmission fluid.
- Open up the hood and find your transmission dipstick — note that it’s different from the engine oil dipstick, and is usually further back. If you’re having trouble, check your owner’s manual.
- With the engine idling, remove the dipstick and examine it visually. If you see clear or pinkish transmission fluid, then the fluid is fine. If it’s darker or cloudy, then you’ll need to replace it with new fluid. If you smell something burning along with the fluid being very dark, then your transmission may have a mechanical problem that will need immediate attention — bring it to our service center as soon as possible.
- Clean off the dipstick with a soft cloth and put it back. Shortly after, take it back out to examine the fluid levels. If levels are lower than the “Full” marking, add more fluid using a funnel with a long, narrow spout.
How Often Do You Check Your Transmission Fluid?
There is no one-size-fits-all answer to how often you should check your transmission fluid. Some sources recommend that you check it when you get your oil changed, while others recommend that you check at least once a month. You should consult your owner’s manual or do some research on your specific Porsche model to get a better sense of when you should be checking your transmission fluid.
More Service Tips From Hendrick Porsche
If you’d rather skip the DIY and let professionals check and take care of your transmission fluid, Hendrick Porsche is here to help. Bring your Porsche by our service center near Pineville and our expert technicians will handle it. You can even schedule a service appointment online beforehand to make the process smoother. And, as always, you can contact our office anytime with questions or for more information about servicing your vehicle!
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