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Q: How do I check the automatic transmission fluid?

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How do I check the automatic transmission fluid?

A: Your automatic transmission fluid should be...

Your automatic transmission fluid should be checked monthly to ensure that it remains at the right level. Checking it is almost as simple as checking your oil level. Here’s what you’ll need to do:

  1. Park the car so it’s level.

  2. Let the engine run until the cooling fan cycles.

  3. Turn off the engine.

  4. Within a minute, check the transmission fluid.

  5. Locate the dipstick with the yellow handle and remove it.

  6. Wipe off the fluid and reinsert it.

  7. Pull it back out and check the fluid level. It should be between the two lines noting minimum and maximum levels.

  8. If the fluid is low, you can top it off at the hole where the dipstick sits.

  9. Replace the dipstick when you’re done.

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