When your cars transmission fluid is low or in need of replacement, damage could possibly have already occurred to the transmission, which is why regular fluid checks are essential for car maintenance. Transmission fluid is essential in lubricating and cooling parts in the gear box of the car. Changing the transmission fluid is not necessary to replace as often as the cars motor oil, every 2 years or 50,000 miles is the typical recommendation.
What to check for automatic transmission fluid?
A complete inspection is the appropriate first step in checking the transmission fluid. At first look, the transmission fluid should be a bright red color with a somewhat sweet smell to it. If the transmission fluid is low it could be the result of a leak. Check the line that runs to the bottom of the radiator. If there is a leak there, you absolutely must find where the leak is coming from and repair it or replace the part. A local car repair shop can help you locate the leak and diagnose the situation.
What type transmission fluid requires for your car?
The type of transmission fluid requires varies per car, but the owner’s manual should let you know the type your particular car requires. You will need a fluid pump (relatively inexpensive at a car repair and parts store.) You will then need a jack to lift the car and necessary wrenches and other tools.
How to check the fluid level?
Checking transmission fluid becomes very simple with a dipstick. Here are the steps to check whether your car needs to add more oil or change it.
If you need to change your transmission fluid, it may cost you $80-$240 for a professional mechanic to do the job. But changing fluid by yourself will cost you almost half and save you up to $100.
How to change transmission fluid yourself? - Step by step
Changing Transmission fluid is very simple now. Follow these 7 steps and you will be able to change your transmission fluid yourself. It
Afterward, drive your car for several minutes once more and return. Park the car and check if the transmission fluid is leaking anywhere, especially any leakage around both plugs. If no leaks are visible then you can feel confident that you have provided appropriate car care to maintain your transmission. Changing Transmission Fluid is not so simple as changing engine oil as we discussed earlier. So you can give it a go next time.