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How to Check Your Transmission Fluid

Transmission Fluid

It’s important to keep tabs on your vehicle’s fluid levels in between service appointments, but not many know exactly how or when. How often do you check your transmission fluid? Learn more about when and how to check your transmission fluid with the service team at the Platinum Volkswagen service center today.

Checking Your Transmission Fluid

  1. Turn the car on, because you’ll need a warmed up engine to check your transmission fluid levels.
  2. Find the dipstick for the transmission fluid. On front-wheel drive cars, you’ll typically find it to the right of the oil dipstick. Consult your owner’s manual if you can’t find it.
  3. Remove the dipstick and touch the fluid, swishing it between your thumb and your pointer finger. You should find that the fluid is almost clear but has a slight tinge of pink to it. However, if it’s dirty or smells burnt, you should take your car in to get it serviced.
  4. With a rag, wipe the dipstick clean. Put it back in the vehicle after that. Pull it out once more and look at the level. If it’s under the marking for “full,” you should add more.
  5. With a funnel, add more transmission fluid until you hit the “full” marking. Be sure not to overfill it.

If you’d rather have a trained technician check your transmission fluid for you, schedule serviceat the Platinum Volkswagen service center. We will happily take a look and get you back on Hempstead roads.

How Often Do You Check Your Transmission Fluid?

This is something that should be done monthly. And, in addition to checking your transmission fluid, you should also be checking your vehicle’s other fluids including power steering fluid, engine oil, and more. Before doing this, however, it’s important to check your owner’s manual for a more specific maintenance schedule.

Keep Up with Your Car Maintenance at Platinum Volkswagen

When the time comes to get your vehicle serviced, choose Platinum Volkswagen. We can help you keep your vehicle in top shape for less with our available service specials. Learn more about our services, savings options, and more when you contact our team!

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