How to Check Transmission Fluid on Your Buick

Changing transmission fluid

Knowing how to check transmission fluid can help prevent maintenance issues and keep your Buick on Chicago streets for the long run. Not sure how to check transmission fluid levels on your used or new Buick model? Then keep reading to find out how often you should check your transmission fluid, what the optimal color of transmission fluid is, and more! 



How to Check Your Transmission Fluid Levels In 5 Easy Steps

Measuring your transmission fluid levels is a relatively simple process. Just follow the instructions outlined below: 

  1. Heat Up Your Engine: Turn the engine on for a few minutes before proceeding, since the engine should be warmed up to properly check the level. Make sure your car is in park before getting out and opening the hood.
  2. Locate the Dipstick: 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. Check the Transmission Fluid Color: Remove the dipstick and touch the fluid, moving it around between your thumb and forefinger. What is the color of transmission fluid? 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. Clean Dipstick: 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. Refill Fluid Level, As Needed: Use a funnel to bring the fluid level up to the right spot. Be sure not to overfill it.

How Often Do You Check Your Transmission Fluid?

You should take a look at all of your vehicle’s fluid levels once per month. Your transmission fluid, power steering fluid, and engine oil are all critical to your Buick’s performance. If you have any questions, you can always consult your owner’s manual for a more detailed maintenance schedule. 

Get High-Quality Service at Ray Buick, Inc. Today!

If you’re struggling with replacing your Buick’s transmission fluid or have any other maintenance concerns, feel free to schedule an appointment with our Ray Buick, Inc. Service Center today! We’re here to help with any and all of your vehicular repairs. You can also reach out to our team during business hours with any questions you may have about current pricing for maintenance, services offered at our repair center, and more! 


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