How To Check Your Transmission Fluid

Checking for transmission fluid in vehicle

Knowing how to check your transmission fluid is a crucial part of any at-home auto maintenance. By lubricating components that directly impact fuel efficiency, transmission fluid plays a major role in engine function. What happens if you don’t check your transmission fluid? Fluid levels go down and the fluid itself becomes dirty over time, and engine function will suffer if you don’t regularly top-up or replace it. On top of that, dangerously low fluid levels may cause serious damage to engine components! Read the guide below to learn how to check your transmission fluid in your Land Rover at home in Philadelphia.

Checking Transmission Fluid Levels

Your regular maintenance schedule should include regular checks of all automotive fluids. Fortunately, learning how to check your transmission fluid will take just a few minutes! Whether you’re on the road commuting to Chester Springs or picking up essentials around Exton, you depend on your car to keep you safe every day. Here’s how to check your transmission fluid in a few simple steps:

  1. Turn on your car and give it a few minutes to heat up.
  2. Find the transmission fluid dipstick. On most front-wheel-drive vehicles, you’ll see it just to the right of the oil dipstick. Check your owner’s manual if you have any trouble locating it.
  3. Pull out the dipstick and remove a dab of transmission fluid. Rub it between your fingers and check for a clear color or a pinkish tint. If the fluid looks dark red or smells burnt, it’s time to replace your transmission fluid. Purchase the right fluid for your Land Rover from our parts center to change your transmission fluid at home, or schedule certified service with Land Rover West Chester.
  4. Wipe off the stick with a clean rag and replace it in the transmission fluid reservoir. To check fluid levels, remove the dipstick again and make sure the fluid reaches the “full” mark on the dipstick.
  5. Refill the fluid reservoir if necessary, adding fluid a little at a time while being careful not to overfill.

How Often Do You Check Your Transmission Fluid Levels?

How often do you check your transmission fluid levels to prevent any damage or leaking? We suggest checking your transmission fluid monthly, along with other automotive fluids including engine oil, steering fluid, and coolant. For more information on your Land Rover Discovery Sport maintenance schedule, check your owner’s manual.

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