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Transmission Fluid Change

Do you know how to check your transmission fluid? This simple maintenance task can save you a lot of stress down the road, and it only takes a few minutes of your time. Your transmission system helps to propel your car forward on Buffalo roads, so it’s a vital part of your powertrain. Learn just how and why to check your transmission fluid, and feel free to contact us at Joe Basil Chevrolet for extra assistance!

Check Your Transmission Fluid in 5 Steps

  1. Run your engine for a few minutes to warm up the system. Then park your car and pop the hood.
  2. Look for the transmission fluid dipstick, which is generally right of the oil dipstick on front-wheel drive cars. If you can’t find it, check your owner’s manual for a guide.
  3. Pull the dipstick out and touch the fluid. When moving the fluid between your fingers, take note of the texture and the smell and color. It should be a clear, slightly pink color. If you notice a burnt smell or dirty feel, schedule a service for a fluid flush.
  4. Wipe the dipstick clean with a rag and replace it into the reservoir. Pull it out one more time and check the fluid level.
  5. If your fluid is low, add more fluid with a funnel – but be sure not to overfill.

Transmission Fluid Tips

It’s easy to learn how to check transmission fluid, but there are some things to keep in mind as well. Here are a few tips to consider before doing your maintenance in Cheektowaga.

  • Different cars need different transmission fluid, depending on your car’s configuration. Check your owner’s manual or contact our parts center for more information.
  • If you have a manual transmission, you might need to use a jack to access the plug beneath your car. Our service center would be happy to help you with this .
  • One sign of low transmission is slow gear shifting, but this can also be the result of other mechanical problems. We recommend checking your fluid levels first, but if your levels are fine, schedule your service appointment to find the root of the problem.
  • In general, your transmission fluid should be changed every 50,000 to 100,000 miles. This will depend on factors such as your driving habits, transmission type, and others.

Schedule Your Service with Joe Basil Chevrolet

Whether you want to learn how to check your transmission fluid in Lancaster or you’d prefer to let the experts handle it in Depew, Joe Basil Chevrolet can help you bring out the very best in your car. Contact us with any questions or refer to our service tips for more helpful info, like why a car might leak water.

Service Specials at Joe Basil Chevrolet

Wiper Installation

Free
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4-Tire Rotation & Balance

$5 Off

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Fuel System Cleaning

$10 Off

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Air / Cabin or Fuel Filter

$5 Off

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Battery & Charging System Test

Free

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Alignment Special

$10 Off
Prevent unnecessary tire wear as well as steering & trailering problems

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New York State Inspections

$5 Off

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