transmission fluid

Knowing how to check your transmission fluid will not only ensure that your car, truck, or SUV delivers smooth and responsive performance on Lumsden-area roads, it can also help you avoid significant repair bills. Here’s how to check the transmission fluid:
  1. Start the car and let it run for a few minutes in order to warm up the engine.
  2. Locate the transmission fluid dipstick. On front-wheel-drive cars, it’s usually located to the right of the oil dipstick. Check your owner’s manual if you’re having trouble finding it.
  3. Remove the dipstick and touch the fluid, moving it around between your thumb and forefinger. The fluid should be nearly clear, with a pink hue.
  4. Use a rag to wipe off the dipstick, and insert it back into the vehicle. Pull it out again and check the level. If it’s under the “Full” marking, you’ll need to add more.
  5. Using a funnel, add enough transmission fluid to bring the level up to full. Make sure that you don’t overfill it.
If the transmission fluid looks dirty or gives off a burnt smell, take it to the Service Centre at Capital GMC Buick and have our certified technicians drain and replace the fluid. If you have any problems or run into any issues, don’t hesitate to contact our service team.
How Often Do You Check Your Transmission Fluid?
It is recommended that you check the transmission fluid, as well as the brake fluid, engine oil, power steering fluid, and windshield wiper fluid at least once a month. Your owner’s manual will have the schedule for your specific Buick, GMC, or Cadillac model. If you can’t access your owner’s manual, consult the experts in the Capital GMC Buick Service Centre in Regina.
Transmission Fluid Basics
The transmission is one of the most complex systems in your vehicle, so keeping up to date with scheduled service inspections is the best way to ensure that it continues to operate in top condition. Here’s some additional information regarding transmission fluid:
  • Consult your owner’s manual to determine which type of transmission fluid is right for your car, truck, or SUV.
  • To check the fluid on a manual transmission you’ll require a jack to access the plug located beneath the car. If you’re not comfortable sliding beneath your vehicle, stop by our Service Centre near Southey and let our professional technicians handle the job for you.
  • If your car hesitates when switching gears, it could be due to low transmission fluid, or it may be a sign of a more serious problem. Check the fluid level, if it’s full and the fluid is clean, but you’re still experiencing the hesitation, schedule service with us as soon as possible.
  • Transmission fluid should be changed every 80,000 to 100,000 kilometres, but it depends on your driving habits, the type of transmission, and other factors. Your owner’s manual will have your specific replacement interval.
Learn More About How to Check Your Transmission Fluid at Capital GMC Buick
Whether you want to know how to check transmission fluid, how often to change your oil, or how to rotate tires, the service team at Capital GMC Buick is here to help. If your vehicle is due for its next maintenance service, make sure to check out our current service specials and coupons to take advantage of some of the best deals in the White City/Emerald Park area. Put our experts to work for you today!
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