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Wondering “How to check transmission fluid?” or “How often do you check your transmission fluid?” Knowing how to check your vehicle’s transmission fluid regularly can prevent maintenance problems before they become pressing issues. Your vehicle’s transmission propels it forward, so it’s vital to maintain up-to-date maintenance tasks, such as monitoring transmission fluid. If you’re wondering how to check transmission fluid in your new Buick, Chevrolet or used vehicle, we’ve got you covered! Read on to discover how to check transmission fluid in a few simple steps, then contact us to learn more today!


How to Check Transmission Fluid: Step-by-Step Guide

To check your transmission fluid, simply follow these steps:

  1. Turn on your vehicle’s engine on for a few minutes before getting started, since your engine must be warm to properly check the transmission fluid level. Put your vehicle in park before opening the hood.
  2. Locate your vehicle’s transmission fluid dipstick. On front-wheel-drive vehicles, it’s generally located to the right of the car’s oil dipstick. Consult your vehicle’s owner’s manual if you’re not sure where to find it.
  3. Remove the vehicle’s dipstick and touch the transmission fluid, moving it around between your forefinger and thumb. The transmission fluid should be almost clear, with a pink tint. If the fluid gives off a burnt smell or looks dirty, bring your vehicle to our service center for replacement as soon as possible.
  4. With a rag, wipe off the dipstick before inserting it back into your vehicle. Pull the dipstick out again and check the transmission fluid level. If the fluid under the “Full” mark, you’ll need to add more fluid.
  5. Use a funnel to bring the transmission fluid level up to the correct level, while being careful not to overfill it.

Should you encounter any problems, feel free to contact our expert service center, delivering friendly service to drivers from Blairsville and beyond!

How Often Do You Check Your Transmission Fluid?

While checking your transmission fluid is vital, how often you check it is just as crucial. Asking yourself, “How often do you check your transmission fluid?” While there are factors that can affect your transmission levels, it’s best to check your vehicle’s main fluid levels monthly. That includes checking power steering fluid, engine oil, and transmission fluid. You’ll always want to consult your owner’s manual for your car’s more specific maintenance schedule! 

Depend on Tri-Star Chevrolet Buick of Blairsville For All Your Service Needs

Now that you’ve learned how to check transmission fluid, you’re never left to your own devices when it comes to your vehicle’s service needs. We’re here to help with any additional questions or concerns you have about vehicle maintenance. You can also schedule a service appointment online for every service task, no matter how small or large. Contact our top-of-the-line service center by phone at or online. You can also stop by in-person in Blairsville today to experience service excellence at Tri-Star Chevrolet Buick of Blairsville!

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