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How to Check Your Car's Transmission Fluid | Jim Marsh Kia


How to Check Your Transmission Fluid

Pouring transmission fluid

Learning how to check your transmission fluid is an important car-ownership skill! Regularly performing this task can actually help prevent maintenance issues before they turn into large-scale problems. Your car’s transmission helps you drive through Henderson streets, so you’ll want to keep up with your vehicle’s routine maintenance guide — this includes checking your transmission fluid! However, many Boulder City drivers are wondering, “how often do I check my transmission fluid?” Our service team is here to help you learn more! Read on to find out how to check your transmission fluid and how often in just a few simple steps.

Checking Your Transmission Fluid

If you want to check your vehicle’s transmission fluid, all you need to do is follow these simple steps:

  • Start by turning on your engine and waiting a few minutes (it’s crucial to allow your engine to warm up to check it’s levels). Ensure that your car is in park before exiting and opening its hood.
  • Locate the transmission fluid dipstick. If you drive a front-wheel drive car, it’s typically located to the right of the oil dipstick. Need help? Check your car’s owner’s manual for the exact location.
  • Once you locate the dipstick, get a rag and wipe it. Next, insert the dipstick back into your vehicle. If you pull it out once more, you will be able to check the fluid level! If the level is under the “full” marking, you will need to add more.
  • Grab a funnel and start pouring liquid. Complete this step slowly so you do not overfill.

If you have any issues checking your transmission fluid levels, you can rely on the experts at our service department! Be sure to consult us the next time you schedule a service appointment. Whether you drive a Forte or a Sorento, remember that it’s crucial to follow the maintenance schedule!

Checking Fluid Levels in a Sealed Transmission

If there isn’t a dipstick underneath the vehicle’s hood, your vehicle is likely equipped with a sealed transmission. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t access the transmission; it just means that there isn’t a dipstick that can measure the transmission fluid level. Avoid checking the fluid that way, as it can actually damage your car. If you find that your car has a sealed transmission, it’s best to have our team check the fluid levels when you next bring in your vehicle for service.

When to Check the Fluid in a Sealed Transmission

Sealed transmissions are helpful because they limit the amount of wasted transmission fluid, which will save you money in the long run. However, you’ll still need to replace the fluid eventually. Be aware of red flags that are indicative of a transmission problem, including:

  • Gears that hesitate before changing
  • Strange noises that happen when the gears change
  • Delayed acceleration when you shift gears

How Often Do You Check Your Transmission Fluid?

Curious about how often you should check your transmission fluid? As a rule of thumb, checking every month is a good idea. While you’re at it, you should also check all other fluid levels, including the power steering fluid and engine oil. If you are in need of a more specific maintenance schedule, consult your owner’s manual!

Additional Transmission Fluid Information

The transmission is a complex piece of machinery that’s crucial to the performance of your vehicle. Before you check your transmission fluid levels, learn a bit more about the transmission itself:

  • Transmission fluid varies depending on your vehicle and transmission type (automatic or manual). Your owner’s manual will detail the best type of fluid to use.
  • In order to check the fluid levels of a manual transmission, you will typically need to use a jack in order to access a plug located underneath your car. Our service team would be happy to help if you don’t have the necessary equipment!
  • It’s best to replace your transmission fluid every 50,000 to 100,000 miles. Note that the actual timeline may be influenced by your driving habits and specific transmissions.

Trust Jim Marsh Kia for Your Kia Service Needs

Have more questions about how often to check your transmission fluid? Curious about how often to get your oil changed? Even if your vehicle is in need of a new brake light, we have you covered. If you have any further questions, feel free to contact us at your leisure! We hope to be your go-to Kia service resource in the Pahrump area.

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