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Why It's Important to Check Your Transmission Fluid

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While it may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of routine preventative maintenance for your vehicle, making sure that there are no issues with your transmission is a very important step in ensuring that your vehicle continues to function properly and safely for years to come. We explain the importance of checking your transmission, as well as how to do so!

Why should I check my transmission fluid?

All cars, manual and automatic, have transmission systems that are responsible for sending power from the engine to the wheels. As you can imagine, this system is absolutely crucial for your car to function properly, so it needs to be taken care of. If your transmission is damaged, it can be extremely costly to repair. Luckily, an easy step that will help you prevent any costly problems with the system before they arise is to check your transmission fluid. 

How do I check my transmission fluid?

The transmission fluid can be checked as your vehicle is running and sitting on level ground. Once you have opened the hood of the car, locate the engine compartment and the transmission dipstick in it (check your car's manual for information about where and how to locate this dipstick). Once you've located the dipstick, pull it out and consider whether the level is appropriate. Then, check the color and odor of the fluid. If it appears cloudy or muddy or smells burned, it's a good idea to get it professionally checked. Your mechanic may recommend a transmission flush or a transmission fluid exchange.

Whether you're just a bit low on fluid or your transmission needs more care, Metro Motor is here for you! If your transmission system needs some TLC, take advantage of our limited time offer of $10 off an automatic transmission fluid exchange! And if checking the transmission yourself seems too complicated or too time-consuming, remember that we are always happy to check all of your fluids during a preventative maintenance session. Schedule an appointment at your local Metro Motor garage today, or contact us with any questions you may have about your transmission or anything else related to your vehicle. 


Vehicle care information made available by Metro Motor is presented as helpful advice for general maintenance and should not be construed as instructions for at-home vehicle service. Be sure to consult your owner’s manual and a licensed, professional mechanic for diagnostics and repair.

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