How to Check Your Transmission Fluid

Hand pouring transmission fluid through funnel

Mercedes-Benz vehicles are equipped with advanced automatic transmissions that allow for swift, almost imperceptible gear changes. It only makes sense to keep your car’s transmission in the best condition possible. One way to do this is to check the transmission fluid and ensure it’s always at the proper level. Wondering how to check your transmission fluid? Follow this handy guide from the service team at RBM of Alpharetta near Atlanta.

Checking Transmission Fluid: Step-by-Step Guide

  1. First, turn the engine on; it’s important for the engine to warm up before you check the transmission fluid level.
  2. Locate the dipstick you’ll use to check the transmission fluid. If your car is front-wheel drive, you can likely find it to the right of the oil dipstick. If you’re having difficulty finding it, check your owner’s manual.
  3. Remove the dipstick and examine the transmission fluid. It’s coloration should be mostly clear with a slight pink tinge. If the fluid looks dirty or smells burnt, bring your car to our service center for fluid replacement.
  4. Wipe off the dipstick using a clean cloth, then reinsert Pull it out once more and check the level. You’ll need to top-up if the fluid line is below “Full” on the dipstick.
  5. You can use a funnel to add fluid more easily, however, be sure not to overfill. Recheck the fluid level as you go.

Don’t hesitate to contact our service team if you run into issues or would simply feel more comfortable having a professional check the fluid level for you.

How Often Do You Check Your Transmission Fluid?

Even if you don’t drive very often, a monthly transmission fluid check is best. It’s a good idea to bundle fluid checks together, so you can keep track of what’s been done recently. In addition to checking your car’s transmission fluid monthly, you’ll also want to check the power steering fluid and engine oil to ensure they’re at the appropriate levels. It’s highly recommended that you consult your owner’s manual for a more specifics about Mercedes-Benz maintenance.

What Are Some Facts About Transmission Fluid?

Every aspect of your new or pre-owned Mercedes-Benz vehicle is complex, but the transmission is in a league of its own. Keep the following tips in mind before performing a transmission fluid check:

  • The correct transmission fluid depends on a few factors, such as make and whether the transmission is manual or automatic. Your owner’s manual will list the correct transmission fluid for your car.
  • Usually, completing a transmission fluid check on a manual transmission requires a jack, so the plug underneath the car can be reached. Simply visiting our service center in this case will save you time and hassle.
  • Low transmission fluid can cause hesitation before a car shifts gears. Of course, hesitation could also be an indicator of a greater issue. If you check the fluid level and all looks well, schedule a service visit at our dealership.
  • Generally, transmission fluid replacement is recommended every 50,000 to 100,000 miles, depending on driving habits, transmission type, and other factors. Again, you can check your owner’s manual for a recommendation or speak with a certified technician at RBM of Alpharetta.

Receive Expert Transmission Service at RBM of Alpharetta!

Do you have additional questions pertaining to how to check your transmission fluid, or does your vehicle need transmission service? Schedule a service visit near Cumming and Johns Creek. We can also provide service tips like how to jump-start your car and let you know how the tire pressure monitoring system works. Before you schedule, be sure to browse our service and parts specials for Mercedes-Benz coupons.

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