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How to Check Transmission Fluid

Checking your transmission fluid is a crucial part of vehicle maintenance. It’s a quick and easy process once you learn how to do it. Read on for a step-by-step guide on checking your transmission fluid.

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A Step-by-Step Guide to Checking Transmission Fluid

Looking for a quick resource that will explain how to check automotive transmission fluid? Just follow these simple steps:

  1. Start your engine. Then, let it run for a few minutes before beginning to check the fluid since your engine should be warm to get an accurate reading. Before you get out of the vehicle, ensure it’s in Park.
  2. Pop the hood. Then, locate the transmission fluid dipstick inside the engine bay. On front-wheel-drive cars, it’s most often located to the right of the oil dipstick. Not sure where it is in your vehicle? Check your owner’s manual.
  3. Take the dipstick out. Touch the fluid and move it around between your thumb and forefinger. It should be almost clear to pink in color. If it looks dirty, or it gives off a burnt smell, you should schedule service ASAP to get it changed out.
  4. Use a rag to wipe off the dipstick. Put it back into the receptacle. Pull it out once more and then check the level. If it’s under the “Full” marking, you’ll want to add more.
  5. If refilling the transmission fluid, make sure to use a funnel to bring the fluid level up to the right spot. Do not overfill.

When to Check Your Transmission Fluid

It’s a good idea to get into the practice of checking all your vehicle’s main fluid levels once a month. That includes checking your transmission fluid, power steering fluid, and even engine oil. Of course, if in doubt, make sure to consult your vehicle’s maintenance schedule or owner’s manual. You can also get in touch with our service team.

Transmission Fluid Basics

Before you check your transmission fluid, you should remember these tips, as your vehicle’s transmission is one of the most complex and important components of its powertrain:

  • Not all transmission fluid is created equal. Different types exist for recent models with CVT transmissions, manual transmissions, and automatic transmissions. Your owner’s manual should recommend a particular type of transmission fluid for your Volkswagen model. A Volkswagen Atlas with an automatic transmission may, for instance, take a different type of transmission fluid than a Volkswagen Jetta GLI with a manual transmission.
  • Checking the fluid on a manual transmission often requires a car jack to access a plug that’s located underneath the vehicle. For most Savage and Bloomington drivers, a visit to our service center near Bloomington is the easiest remedy for this.
  • Does your car hesitate before shifting gears? This could happen because of low transmission fluid levels. It could also, however, be a sign of a more serious issue. Check the fluid level first, but if it’s okay, schedule service immediately.
  • Replace your transmission fluid every 50,000 to 100,000 miles and check the level at least once a month. Check your owner’s manual or consult our team for a more specific replacement interval for your Volkswagen vehicle.

Luther Burnsville Volkswagen Has Your Service Needs Covered!

Whether you’re looking for information on how often to change your transmission fluid, how to know when you need new tires, or you’re just looking to schedule general maintenance, the Luther Burnsville Volkswagen service team has what you need! We are committed to providing you with a superior car service experience near Lakeville! Call 612-326-3775 now to schedule service or learn more.


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