How to Check Transmission Fluid


It’s no secret that the key to extending your vehicle’s life is by keeping up with its routine maintenance. To keep your vehicle running in tip-top shape, you should change the transmission fluid every 30,000 to 60,000 miles and perform regular checks in between.

To help Panama City, Springfield, and Callaway drivers better understand this simple yet important bit of maintenance, the service team at Honda of Bay County created this simple-to-follow guide. Continue reading before scheduling an appointment.

How Do I Check Transmission Fluid?

Typically located beneath your engine, checking your vehicle’s automatic transmission is generally a simple bit of maintenance that often can be performed at home. Once parked on a level surface, open the vehicle’s hood and perform the following steps with the engine running:

  1. Remove the Transmission Dipstick – If you drive a vehicle with front-wheel drive, the dipstick can generally be found towards the front of the engine closest to you. Rear-wheel drive vehicles tend to place the dipstick farther back towards the windshield.
  2. Inspect Your Transmission Fluid – Clean transmission fluid tends to be odorless and have a pink or translucent color to it. If the fluid appears murky or has a foul odor, you’ll want to change it as soon as possible.
  3. Check Fluid Levels – Once you inspect its color and scent, wipe the dipstick with an old rag and place it back into its holster. Remove it again and check the “full line” on the dipstick. If the fluid rests below the full line, additional fluid will need to be added.

If you drive a vehicle that uses a manual transmission, a hoist is usually needed in order to access the transmission plug located underneath the vehicle. If you don’t have this equipment readily available, our service team can help you complete this simple task.

What Is Transmission Fluid?

TransmissionNext to your vehicle’s engine, your transmission is perhaps the most important and expensive component needed to keep your vehicle in motion. Inside your transmission exists a complex system of gears that continuously adjust to provide the correct level of energy to the tires.

If you’re like most North American drivers, you rely on an automatic transmission, which handles this process without any input from the driver. Transmission fluid helps move and lubricate these gears, allowing them to shift freely without issue.

Failing to replace your transmission fluid at the proper intervals can result in several serious issues, including overheating, gear slippage, transmission wear, and delayed engagement.

Check Your Transmission Today!

If you’re a driver living in the Panama City, Springfield, or Callaway region and can’t remember the last time you had your transmission fluid checked, don’t put it off a moment longer.

Instead, stop by or schedule an appointment at Honda of Bay County, where our team of friendly and knowledgeable service professionals can quickly handle all your maintenance needs and get you back on the road in no time!