Changing transmission fluid


Your vehicle’s transmission is responsible for handling the power from your engine and smoothly sending it to your vehicle’s wheels. Keeping up with transmission maintenance and knowing how to check transmission fluid is a great way to ensure that you’re never left stranded on the side of the road around Gettysburg. But, how often do you check your transmission fluid? Today, the service experts at Hanover Lots For Less will answer that question and provide step-by-step instructions on how to check transmission fluid yourself!

How Often Do You Check Your Transmission Fluid?

So, how often do you check your transmission fluid? You should be checking your transmission fluid roughly every month. Additionally, your transmission fluid should be replaced every 50,000 to 100,000 miles. However, this can change depending on your specific model and usage. If you’re regularly driving around York in stop-and-go traffic. It’s likely you’ll need to replace and keep an eye on your transmission fluid more often.


Transmission fluid ensures that your transmission is properly lubricated and cooled so that it can continue to shift through gears smoothly. Failure to inspect and replace your transmission could result in damage to your vehicle’s transmission.

How to Check Transmission Fluid

Like other fluids in your vehicle, your transmission fluid will break down over time. Even if you’re not making regular errand runs around Dillsburg, it might still be a good idea to check your transmission fluid. You’re always welcomed to schedule a service appointment to have our technicians check and replace your transmission fluid as needed. However, if you like to get your hands dirty and tackle DIY projects, here’s how to check your transmission fluid:


  1. Ensure your vehicle is warmed up and at operating temperature before you begin checking your transmission fluid.
  2. Turn your vehicle off and ensure that it is in park and open the hood.
  3. Reference your owner’s manual and find your transmission fluid dipstick.
  4. Remove the dipstick and place a small amount on your finger. The fluid should be clear with a slight pink hue.
  5. Move the fluid between your thumb and pointer finger while taking note of its texture and scent. If it has a burnt smell, it might be time for a fluid replacement.
  6. Clean off the dipstick with a rag, insert it back into the vehicle, and then check the level it’s at. If it’s under the “full” marking, you’ll likely need to add more fluid.
  7. When adding more fluid, use a funnel and ensure not to overfill it.

What About a Sealed Transmission?

If you’re not locating a transmission dipstick anywhere, it’s possible that your vehicle has a sealed transmission. Many modern and luxury vehicles come with a sealed transmission but that doesn’t mean it can’t be accessed. In most cases, if you find your vehicle’s transmission is sealed, it’s best to bring it to a professional to avoid doing any potential damage.


If you suspect your vehicle’s sealed transmission fluid needs to be inspected or replaced, but you’re not sure where to begin, don’t worry. Here are some things to take note of that might indicate your transmission needs to be serviced:

  • Unusual sounds when the transmission shifts gears.
  • Hesitation on gear shifts.
  • Delay on gear shifts upon acceleration.

Get Automotive Service Today at Hanover Lots For Less!

From our knowledgeable service technicians to our budget-friendly service specials, getting automotive service in Hanover has never been easier or more affordable. Hanover Lots For Less is here to make sure that your vehicle can tackle any adventure without a hiccup. We’ll take care of your vehicle so that you always have a dependable ride. If there are any questions we can help answer, please don’t hesitate to let us know! Curious about the cost of an oil change, how often you should rotate your tires, how to winterize your car, or even how to check car oil? We’ve got you covered. Learn more with our expert team today!

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