Although transmission fluid doesn’t need to be changed nearly as often as engine oil, it’s still an extremely important factor in keeping your car running smoothly and performing at the highest levels. In order to keep your car carrying you around Brockton, Randolph, and Stoughton for years to come, you’ll want to be sure that your transmission fluid is clean. It’s quick and easy to figure out whether the fluid is in good condition, and our team here at Collision 24 has created this helpful guide to teach you how to do so. Want to learn how to check your transmission fluid? Keep on reading!

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1. Find a White Towel

The only piece of equipment that you’ll need to perform this quick and easy check is a white towel or rag. You’ll want it to be white so that you can clearly see the color of the transmission fluid. It’s also a good idea to keep your owner’s manual on hand in case you need it.

2. Get the Engine Warm

It’s best to check the transmission fluid when your car has been running for a few minutes, allowing the fluid to warm up and expand so that you can get an accurate reading. Keep the engine running throughout the process of your check so that the fluid stays warm, but be sure that the car is in park!

3. Pop the Hood & Locate the Transmission Dipstick

Raise the hood of the car and look inside. Can’t find the transmission dipstick? Whip out that owner’s manual and you’ll be able to quickly locate the correct spot to find the stick.

4. Check Fluid Health

Once you’ve pulled the dipstick from the car, give it a thorough wipe on your white towel. Take a look at the color and consistency of the fluid, and you’ll get a great sense of its condition. Here’s what to look for:

  • Color: Healthy fluid will be anywhere from red to light brown in color, while unhealthy fluid will appear dark brown or black.
  • Consistency: Thick, viscous fluid is a sign that you need a change, and even worse than that is fluid that’s floating with dirty debris.
  • Smell: Don’t get up close and take a big whiff, but if you detect a burnt smell from the fluid, it’s likely in need of a change.

5. Check Fluid Level

Reinsert that dipstick and pull it back out for a second inspection. Your dipstick has a couple lines along its length to indicate your fluid level. If your fluid measures below the lower line, you’ll need a top-up in order to keep your engine performing at its best.

Schedule Your Transmission Fluid Replacement

If this quick check of your car’s transmission fluid showed that you need a change, you’ll want to schedule an appointment as soon as possible with a trustworthy mechanic. Our Service Center at Collision 24 is here to help you get your car in great condition. Contact us today to schedule your appointment, and we’ll get you back on the roads of Brockton, Randolph, and Stoughton right away.