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How to Check Transmission Fluid

Checking your transmission fluid can help you catch any problems before they directly impact your San Antonio travels. Since your transmission is what propels your vehicle forward in Comfort, having the right transmission fluid can keep you moving without issue. That said, you might wonder how often to check transmission fluid when at home. Learn more about how to check transmission fluid in your vehicle with Ancira Buick GMC. Give us a call at (830) 266-5210 or reach out online to schedule an appointment at our Boerne service center!

Checking Transmission Fluid: Step-by-Step Guide 

So, how often do you check your transmission fluid? Before discussing that, let’s look at how to check transmission fluid in a few easy steps below:

  1. Turn the engine on for a few minutes before proceeding, as your engine should be warmed up before properly checking the transmission fluid level. Make sure your vehicle is in park before getting out and opening the hood.
  2. Find your transmission fluid dipstick. On front-wheel-drive cars, it’s usually located to the right of the oil dipstick. Check your owner’s manual if you’re having trouble finding it.
  3. Remove the dipstick and touch the fluid, moving it around between your thumb and forefinger. The fluid should be nearly clear, with a pink hue. If it looks dirty or is giving off a burnt smell, take it to our service center for replacement.
  4. Use a rag to wipe off the dipstick. Then, insert it back into the vehicle. Pull it out again and check the level. If it’s under the “Full” marking, you will need to add more.
  5. Use a funnel to bring the fluid level up to the right spot. Be sure not to overfill it. 

Transmission Fluid: FAQs

When to Check the Fluid in a Sealed Transmission? 

A sealed transmission is used to limit the amount of wasted transmission fluid, but just like any other vehicle, it will eventually need to be replaced. Since this is sealed, there is no dipstick to measure the fluid level, so you can rely on our Boerne service team to check it for you to avoid potential issues. Here are some signs it’s time to replace your sealed transmission fluid:

  • You’re hearing strange noises when the gears change.
  • The gears are hesitating before changing.
  • When accelerating around Kerrville, there’s a delay when gears shift.

How Often Do You Check Your Transmission Fluid?

You should check your transmission fluid at least once a month. Remember to also check other vehicle parts, alongside your power steering fluid and engine oil as well. Always refer to your owner’s manual for a more specific maintenance schedule and fluid types for your Buick, GMC model.

How Often to Replace Your Transmission Fluid?

You want to replace your transmission fluid every 50,000 to 100,000 miles. However, the actual estimate will vary depending on your transmission type, driving habits, and other factors. Always consult your owner’s manual for a more specific replacement interval. 

Get Your Transmission Serviced at Ancira Buick GMC Today

Now that you know the answer to “How often do you check your transmission fluid?” turn to Ancira Buick GMC for all your service needs. Schedule your next appointment at our Boerne service center and don’t forget our specials that can save you money. If you want genuine OEM parts, you can order them online from our parts center as well! Schedule your next service appointment at Ancira Buick GMC!

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