Basic car maintenance is an important part of owning a vehicle. One of the many tasks you should understand how to do is checking your transmission fluid. To check your transmission fluid, follow these steps:

  1. Turn on the car. Make sure the engine is warm when checking fluid level.
  2. Locate the transmission fluid dipstick. For front-wheel drive cars, it's usually located to the right of the oil dipstick. Refer to your owner's manual for specific instructions.
  3. Pull out the dipstick and touch the fluid, moving it between your thumb and finger. It should be a nearly clear liquid, with a pink hue. If it has a burnt smell or look dirty, go to your local Cedar Creek service department.
  4. Wipe off the dipstick with a rag. Afterwards, insert it back into the vehicle. Remove the dipstick and check the level. If it's under the "Full" marking, you will need to add more fluid.
  5. Using a funnel, fill the fluid the appropriate level. Do not overfill it.

Running into some issues? Talk with the service experts at Sames Bastrop Ford and we'll help you get on your way!

How Often Do You Check Your Transmission Fluid?

Check your main fluid levels on your car monthly. This includes your power steering fluid, engine oil, and transmission fluid. Always consult your owner's manual for specific figures and schedules. If you need any maintenance checks or fluid changes, schedule service in Bastrop today!

Transmission Fluid Basics

One of the most complex, and vital, parts of your vehicle is your transmission. Before checking your transmission fluid, read some handy tips:

  • All transmission fluid is not the same. There are different types for newer models, automatic transmission, and manual transmission. Again, your owner's manual will tell you which type you need.
  • For manual transmission vehicles, you'll usually need a jack to access the plug beneath the car. If you need assistance with this, visit our Ford service center near Smithville.
  • Does your car hesitate before shifting gears? You transmission fluid might be low. It could also signal a larger problem. If this is happening with your car, don't wait to schedule your next service appointment.
  • Your transmission fluid should be replaced every 50,000 to 100,000 miles. This interval is dependent on your driving habits, transmission type, and other factors. Refer to your owner's manual for exact intervals.

Get All Your Vehicle Service Needs at Sames Bastrop Ford!

Need to get your Ford serviced or have more questions about topics such as how an alternator works? Visit our Ford dealership near LaGrange and we'll gladly help you out! You can also contact us online with any questions or concerns.


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Sames Bastrop Ford

1115 Highway 71 West
Directions Bastrop, TX 78602

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