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How to Check Your Transmission Fluid

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If you’re anything like most drivers near Brandon, then you need to know how to check your transmission fluid in a hurry. Follow these simple steps to catch problems before they slow you down:

  1. Turn the car on and let the engine warm. This will allow the transmission fluid to circulate, so you can get an accurate read on the level.
  2. Locate the transmission fluid dipstick. In most vehicles, you can find it near the oil dipstick, but you can always check your owner’s manual for details.
  3. Remove the dipstick to check the color and consistency. It should be pinkish in hue, and free from debris. If it’s dark red, or gives off a burnt smell, it’s definitely time for a change.
  4. Now it’s time to check the level. Wipe off the dipstick, then reinsert it into its sheath. Then, draw it out once more and locate the “full” line. If you’re too low, you’ll want to add a little more.
  5. Carefully add new fluid using a funnel. Avoid overfilling, as having too much transmission fluid can cause problems, too!

Reeves Volkswagen is your source for transmission fluid checks and service! If you’re in need, schedule service today.

How Often Do You Check Your Transmission Fluid?

Knowing how often to check your transmission fluid is just as important as knowing how to check your transmission fluid levels in the first place! Check your transmission fluid level at least once a month to catch major issues. If you can, check more often! It certainly won’t hurt.

Tips and Tricks for Your Next Transmission Fluid Check

Your transmission is one of the most complex components in your vehicle, and it’s always a good idea to exercise caution.Here’s what you should keep in mind as you prepare to check your transmission fluid:

  • There are many different types of transmission fluid. Check your owner’s manual or contact our service center to find exactly what you need. Or, visit our parts department and talk to an expert.
  • If your vehicle has a manual transmission, you might need to access a transmission fluid plug located underneath the vehicle. In these cases, you’ll probably be better off if you take your vehicle into our service center.
  • If you’re experiencing hesitation while you’re shifting gears, low transmission fluid could be the cause. However, it could also be a problem with the transmission itself! Remember to schedule service if there’s no problem with your levels.
  • You’ll want to do a complete flush and replacement of your transmission fluid every so often. Depending on the quality of your fluid and the age of your vehicle an interval of 50,000 to 100,000 miles may be appropriate. Check your owner’s manual for details.

Get More Service Tips with Reeves Volkswagen!

The team of service experts at Reeves Volkswagen is here to help, and we’ve made it easy to schedule service online! Remember, although we specialize in Volkswagen service, we’re more than capable of handling repairs on all makes and models. Now that you’ve found out how to check your transmission fluid, why not find out how to change a car tire at home?

Once you’ve taken a look at our Volkswagen service coupons, you’ll understand why drivers from all over the St. Petersburg and New Port Richey areas come to us when they’re in need.

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11337 N Florida Ave
Tampa, FL, 33612 United States
(813) 499-2247
Reeves Volkswagen 28.0535313, -82.4589577.