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How to Check Your Transmission Fluid

how to check your transmission fluid

Get into the habit of checking your transmission fluid regularly, and the lengthened life of your car will be your reward. For those wondering how to check your transmission fluid, you’ve come to the right Mazda experts. Other questions we plan on answering: How often do you check your transmission fluid? And how do you know if something’s wrong?

Don’t worry! Mazda of Escondido is here to help San Marcos-area drivers figure these mysteries out! Need assistance with the transmission in your Mazda? Feel free to schedule an appointment with our service center today! Otherwise, read our tips below.

Checking Your Own Transmission Fluid

Follow these steps to check your own transmission fluid at home:

  1. Turn the car on. The engine should be warmed up to check the level.
  2. Find the transmission fluid dipstick. On front-wheel drive cars, it’s usually located to the right of the oil dipstick. Check your owner’s manual if you’re having trouble finding it.
  3. Remove the dipstick and touch the fluid, moving it around between your thumb and forefinger. The fluid should be nearly clear, with a pink hue. If it looks dirty or gives off a burnt smell, take it to a service center for replacement.
  4. Use a rag to wipe off the dipstick. Then insert it back into the vehicle. Pull it out again and check the level. If it’s under the “Full” marking, you’ll need to add more.
  5. Use a funnel to bring the fluid level up to the right spot. Be sure not to overfill it.

Interested in tackling other DIY car care tasks in your free time? Start by finding how to rotate your tires at home.

How Often Do You Check Your Transmission Fluid?

For most vehicles, you should be checking your fluids monthly. This means you should be opening your hood and checking not just your transmission fluid, but also your power steering fluid and engine oil. Learn more about how to do so with us, and you can check from the comfort of your home. As always, you can consult your owner’s manual for a more specific maintenance schedule.

Transmission Fluid Basics

Your manual or automatic transmission is one of the most complex parts of your Mazda vehicle. Before you check your transmission fluid, explore these tips:

  • Not all transmission fluid is the same between manual transmissions and automatic transmissions. Check your owner’s manual to ensure you’re using the right kind for your vehicle.
  • Checking the fluid on a manual transmission will usually require a jack to access a plug located beneath the car. For most drivers, a visit to our service center near Vista is more convenient.
  • If your vehicle hesitates before shifting gears, it might be due to low transmission fluid. If you check the levels and they seem fine, this could be a sign of a more serious issue and you’ll want to schedule a service appointment soon.
  • You’ll want to replace your transmission fluid every 50,000 to 100,000 miles. The actual amount depends on your driving habits, type of transmission, and other factors. Check your owner’s manual for a more specific replacement interval.

Learn More About How to Check Your Transmission Fluid at Mazda of Escondido!

Congratulations! If you’re able to successfully check your transmission fluid on your own, that’s one more task you can do yourself that’ll keep your car around for years to come! Still, if you ever have any questions, we’d love to hear from you at our Carlsbad-area dealership.

Our Mazda service technicians will walk you through solutions to any problems, or even check fluids for you when you visit! We can also teach you how to unlock your steering wheel, or how to assess problems related to your Mazda3 check engine light. Contact Mazda of Escondido to hear about our service specials and schedule an appointment.

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1560 Auto Park Way Escondido, CA

Phone: (855) 536-6443



Phone: (855) 536-6445

1560 Auto Park Way Escondido, CA


Phone: (855) 536-6443

1560 Auto Park Way Escondido, CA


Phone: (855) 536-6444

1560 Auto Park Way Escondido, CA
33.1174397 -117.1069548
Mazda of Escondido 33.1174397, -117.1069548.