How to Check Transmission Fluids
Transmission fluid is necessary to keep your vehicle functioning properly, so it is important to check its condition regularly. MINI Annapolis created this helpful guide on how to check your transmission fluid to help you properly maintain your engine. Car owners in Annapolis, Highland Beach, and Hillsmere Shores should read through to learn more. Visit our service center if you need further assistance.
Check Your Transmission Fluid
Transmission fluid is essential to maintaining and protecting your engine. Therefore, you should check your fluid every six months to ensure color and amount are correct. Checking your fluid is a simple process that can easily be done in your driveway or garage.
- Start your car, place it in Neutral and Park, and let it run.
- Locate the dipstick. It is typically positioned near the rear of the engine but may vary by car, so consult your owner’s manual for assistance.
- Insert the dipstick fully into your transmission fluid and pull it out.
- Take note of color and smell. Transmission fluid should be pinkish and almost clear in color. If you notice dark particles, a burnt color, or a strong odor, contact a service center.
- Take note of fluid level. If fluid does not reach the designated fill line on your dipstick, add more slowly and carefully. Re-check often until it reaches the fill line. If you are unsure about what kind of transmission oil your engine calls for, check your owner’s manual or consult a service center.
- Wipe dipstick clean, put it back, and turn off your engine.
If you’re frequently refilling your transmission fluid, there may be a crack or worn out component in your engine. Visit a service center so they can perform an engine check and make any necessary repairs.
Importance of Transmission Fluid
Transmission fluid is essential to keeping your transmission system lubricated, preventing key components from grinding against each other and potentially causing serious damage. Transmission fluid also absorbs heat in the engine created while driving. Without the proper amount of transmission fluid, your engine runs the risk of overheating.
Check your transmission fluid often to ensure that it is functioning properly. A lack of transmission fluid or fluid that is full of sludge and particles may lead to transmission failure. If you have any concerns about your transmission fluid, visit a service center right away.
When to Check Your Transmission Fluid
In addition to checking your transmission fluid every six months, check your fluid when you notice anything unusual occurring with your transmission. Gear shifts should be smooth and virtually unnoticeable. So, if you are experiencing hesitation in gear shifts, erratic shifts, or gear slippage, check your transmission fluid immediately.
You will probably not have to completely replace your transmission fluid during the lifespan of your vehicle, but it will need to be flushed every 50,000 miles to ensure proper performance. If you are experiencing transmission problems and your oil appears unusual in color, visit a service center right away so they can perform a transmission fluid flush.
Our Transmission Specialists
The service center at MINI Annapolis features technicians who are highly trained on a variety of services, including transmission maintenance and repairs. Contact us today if you have questions about your transmission fluid. Our neighbors in Annapolis, Highland Beach, and Hillsmere Shores can schedule an appointment with us today.