What is the proper way to check transmission fluid?
Check the fluid. Dip the tip of your index finger into the fluid on the dipstick and rub the fluid between your finger and the tip of your thumb. The transmission fluid on the dipstick should be pinkish and almost clear. If it looks or smells burnt or has particles in it, have a mechanic drain and change the fluid.
How long should I let my car run before checking the transmission fluid?
1) Prepare the Vehicle
Let it run for about 5 minutes so that it can warm up. Some car manufacturers will recommend you turn the engine off before checking the transmission fluid, but most don’t recommend this.
Is it better to check transmission fluid hot or cold?
Most mechanics recommend checking the transmission fluid when both hot and cold. This helps you to cross-check on the levels of the fluid when both hot or cold. The reason why you should check when hot or cold is that the fluid expands when heated.
What are the signs of low transmission fluid?
Symptoms of Low Transmission Fluid
- Drips or puddles underneath the car.
- Difficulty shifting through gears and/or slipping.
- Shuddering or shaking.
- Lurching or sudden jerks.
- Transmission won’t engage.
- Humming or clunking noises.
- A burning smell.
Can transmission fluid get low without a leak?
No, you can’t leak transmission fluid into your engine. They are mechanically connected but there’s no way for fluid to get from one to the other.