The Easy Steps on How to Add Transmission Fluid Without Fail

Do you have a car? Owning a car is very beneficial, as it gives you the freedom to go anywhere. But when you have one, you don't just leave it lying around! Your car is similar a pet, which you will need to care and maintain for as well.

From cleaning to repair and maintenance, you should make sure that your car is in tiptop shape to run properly. This requires you to check the transmission fluid. But how to add transmission fluid? In this article, we'll show you all you need to know about your transmission and how you should check and add more of it into your car.


What is a Transmission and Why Do We Need Transmission Fluid?

Automatic transmissions are filled with fluid that helps the car run with ease and comfort. This helps the power from the engine transfer to the wheels. Without the transmission fluid, there will be too much friction coming into your tires as you drive, causing a failure inside your car if not remedied. That is why adding or replacing your transmission fluid is very important.

We recommend you to check your transmission and fluid levels once in a while to make sure your car is running smoothly and to prevent any future breakdowns. While you can have it checked by a mechanic during your car's tune up, it may be more costly and a hassle. Fortunately, checking it yourself is easy!

What is Needed to Check and Add Transmission Fluid

Before checking and adding transmission fluid to your car, you will need to prepare the following materials:

1. Gloves.

2. Old Rags.

3. Dipstick To check the levels of your current transmission fluid.

4. Funnel For adding the transmission fluid.

5. Automatic Transmission Fluid.

Make sure that you have the right automatic transmission fluid. What you should purchase depends on your car, so your vehicle's manual may have specified what your car needs. You can find any of these in your home, or you can purchase it from reputable online shops and local stores near you.

Take note: the wrong transmission fluid may end up making problems in the long run. Here are some recommendations on the type of ATF you should use: Cars such as a Dodge, Jeep, or Chrysler needs ATF +4. All Honda and Acura (except CTVs) needs ATF DW-1. Nissan, Subaru, and Infiniti needs either Matic S, K, or D ATF. Most Toyota, Lexus, and Volvo cars would require an ATF-TIV, same with some Audi and Volkswagen models. If you use a Hyundai, Kia, or Mitsubishi car, then purchase SP-IV ATF.

How to Add Transmission Fluid

It will take less than an hour of your time and minimal effort in order to check and add transmission. To check your transmission and add the fluid, follow these steps:

1. Ready Your Car

Make sure that your car is on park to avoid any accidents. Park on a leveled surface so you can check the transmission levels properly. Your engine should be running to read the transmission's fluid levels.

2. Open the Hood of Your Car

You can do this through pushing a button found in your driver's seat or by the grille of the hood, or do it manually and hold it up with the lever installed in the hood. If there is no lever, you can use a metal bar to hold it up.

Open the Hood of Your Car

Open the Hood of Your Car

3. Find the Transmission Fluid Pipe

You'll find it under the hood, but isn't seen at first. It takes a moment or two to search for it. Your vehicle manual will show you where it is, but if it doesn't mention its exact location, here's how you find the dipstick:

  • There is usually a handle to take the dipstick out from your transmission pipe, which may be labeled or not.
  • If you are using a front-wheel drive, then you can find the dipstick in front of the car engine. If it's a rear-wheel drive, it will most likely be at the rear of the engine.

Once you find the dipstick and transmission pipe, don't force pulling it up.

4. Pull the Dipstick Out

Put your dipstick into the transmission fluid pipe and pull it out all the way. Using your rag or paper towel, wipe the fluid from the dipstick. Insert it again and pull it all the way out in order to check the transmission's levels.

You will find that the dipstick has marks and the fluid will need to be between those two marks. If it's below the bottom mark, you will need to refill it.

5. Evaluate Your Transmission Fluid's Issues

Check the fluid you wiped on the rag, as the different texture and colors may indicate a red flag. If it is burnt or in a dark orange to brown color, flush it out. Your transmission may also need repair.

Check Transmission Fluid


6. Add Fluid to Your Transmission

Make sure that your engine is running at the right gear. Using your funnel, put it on the transmission fluid pipe and pour a small amount of transmission fluid. Check the level every time you add fluid until the level is between the two marks of the dipstick.

If the transmission has been drained, fill up to 12 quarts of fluid. If it is a very low level, check it for leaks after adding fluid.

7. Check the Transmission Settings

Check if there are no leaks and test your transmission all throughout. Make sure your foot is on the brake the whole time. Testing your transmission will help let the fluid flow and coat the transmission, getting ready for your next drives.

And you're done! Check the levels again in case your car may be leaking. If not, then you're good to go.

In Conclusion

Your car's transmission needs the proper care and maintenance, so you'll need to know when to add more transmission fluid for the car to run properly. Fortunately, the steps to do so are very easy, with anyone being able to do it! It doesn't matter if you have experience with cars or not. As long as you follow the steps on how to add transmission fluid, you'll be able to do it by yourself in no time.

Hopefully, this article on how to add transmission fluid will have helped you become more knowledgeable on your transmission and how to maintain it. So what are you waiting for? If you need to check your car's transmission, then follow these steps to have it run properly today.

We hope you enjoyed the article! If you have any other suggestions or tips on how to add transmission fluid, then do comment down below. We would love to hear what you have to think!

Tom Nguyen

I’m Tom, and I’m avid fan of automobiles! I love cars and learning more about how to tweak and repair them to make them look and perform better. Through a lot of projects and research, I make it a point to share my knowledge to other car enthusiasts like me.

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