How to Check Transmission Fluids


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Why is transmission fluid so important, anyway? What does it actually do? Transmission fluid lubricates the parts of your transmission. Whether you drive a manual or an automatic, your transmission features a lot of parts. Without proper lubrication, friction can build up between them. That friction can create heat and cause problems. Transmission fluid solves this problem for you. However, after a while, you’ll need a fresh supply.


What Does Transmission Fluid Do?

Why is transmission fluid so important, anyway? What does it actually do? Transmission fluid lubricates the parts of your transmission. Whether you drive a manual or an automatic, your transmission features a lot of parts. Without proper lubrication, friction can build up between them. That friction can create heat and cause problems. Transmission fluid solves this problem for you. However, after a while, you’ll need a fresh supply.


When to Get New Transmission Fluid

Every time you get maintenance or a multi-point inspection, a technician will look at your transmission fluid. Every driver and vehicle is different. One driver may need a refill after 30,000 miles, while another might be alright until 100,000 miles. That’s why it’s so important to check your transmission fluid.

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How to Check Your Transmission Fluid

Vehicles that run on a manual transmission need to be raised on a platform to check the transmission fluid. If your vehicle has a stick shift, bring it into our VW service center to have one of our technicians take a look at it. It’s easy to check an automatic transmission at home, though. Just grab a towel and follow these simple steps:

  1. Start Your Car – You’ll get a more accurate measurement with the engine running.
  2. Pop the Hood & Locate the Dipstick – The location of the dipstick varies. If your vehicle has front-wheel drive, you’ll probably find it towards the front of your engine. Rear-wheel drive vehicles usually have it towards the back. It should look like a tube with a single ring on top.
  3. Pull the Dipstick Out – Make sure you have the engine on and the car in park or neutral when you do this.
  4. Wipe the Dipstick Off – Clean all the fluid off the dipstick using a rag or paper towel.
  5. Put the Dipstick Back In, Then Pull It Out Again – You should see pink transmission fluid on the end of it. Look for a marker that says FULL. If your transmission fluid is near that, you’re in good shape. If it’s not, schedule an appointment to get a refill. Make sure you check the color, too. If the transmission fluid is deep red or brown, your fluid is old and needs to be replaced.

Learn More About Your Transmission

If you have any questions about how to check transmission fluid, visit the service center at Owens Murphy Volkswagen. We’re proud to serve drivers in Little Rock, Benton, and Conway, AR. Our certified Volkswagen technicians will help you get the best performance out of your car or SUV. They’ll take care of all your routine maintenance, service, and repairs. Contact us to schedule an appointment or schedule service with us online.


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