How to Check Your Transmission Fluid

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As with many maintenance tasks, knowing how to check your transmission fluid can help prevent problems in the future. Below, read this tutorial from Cox Mazda to find out how to do so!

  1. Ensuring you’re on a level surface, turn on your ignition and let your car run. The engine should be warmed up to check the fluid level.
  2. Where is 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. Pull out the dipstick and touch the fluid, moving it around between your thumb and forefinger. 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. Use a rag to wipe off the dipstick, then insert it back into the vehicle. Pull it out again and check the transmission fluid level. If it’s under the “Full” marking, you’ll need to add more.
  5. Use a funnel to pour fluid until it’s at the right spot. Be sure not to overfill it.

If you run into any issues, feel free to check with Cox Mazda, providing service to customers from Tampa and beyond.

How Often Do You Check Your Transmission Fluid?

Checking your transmission fluid is a task best performed monthly. In fact, the same goes for all of your fluids: you should check your power steering fluid and engine oil regularly, too. As always, you can consult your owner’s manual for a more specific maintenance schedule.

Transmission Fluid Basics

It’s understandable that many Palmetto drivers don’t fully understand the transmission on a car, since it’s one of the most complex parts on a vehicle. If you’re just learning the basics of how to maintain your transmission, the tips below should help:

  • Not all transmission fluid is the same. Recent models may have specific transmission fluids that should be used. Also, manual transmission fluids and automatic transmission fluids are not the same. Your owner’s manual will recommend a particular type of transmission fluid.
  • Checking the fluid on a manual transmission will usually require a jack to access a plug located beneath the car. For most drivers, a visit to our service center near Brandon is more convenient.
  • If your vehicle hesitates before shifting gears, it might be due to low transmission fluid. However, it could be a sign of a more serious problem. Check the fluid level first, but if it’s fine, schedule service with us today.
  • You’ll want to replace your transmission fluid every 50,000 to 100,000 miles. The actual amount depends on your driving habits, type of transmission, and other factors. Again, when in doubt, check your owner’s manual!

Learn More About How to Check Your Transmission Fluid at Cox Mazda!

Being able to maintain your own vehicle is a rewarding experience that will ensure the longevity of your Mazda on Tampa roads. Check out more of our blogs where we detail how to change the battery on your Mazda key fob and describe what the check engine light might mean. For more serious issues, don’t hesitate to reach out! We’re happy to help you extend the life of your beloved vehicle, offer great maintenance specials, or to help you find a new Mazda for sale.

Service Specials at Cox Mazda

Mazda Car Care - Enhance Air Quality with a New Cabin Air Filter
$74.99
The air you breathe is only as clean as the filter it goes through. A new cabin air filter will reduce impurities such as pollen, dust, mold and other airborne containments. Recommended every 12 – 24 months.
Plus applicable taxes. Valid only at COX MAZDA. Cannot be used with any other applicable offer. Mazda vehicles only. Prices may vary by model. Hazardous waste fee if applicable. Please present coupon at time of write-up. Coupon expires 01/03/2020.
EXPIRES: 01/03/2020
Mazda Car Care - Oil and Filter Change
Standard Oil
Special Price: $48.28
Synthetic Oil
Special Price: $60.68
Changing your Mazda’s oil and filter regularly is your first step to help ensure its long life and dependability.
  • Change motor oil per specifications
  • Install a Genuine Mazda oil filter
  • Check all fluid levels
Plus applicable taxes. Valid only at COX MAZDA. Cannot be used with any other applicable offer. Mazda vehicles only. Prices may vary by model. Hazardous waste fee if applicable. Please present coupon at time of write-up. Coupon expires 01/03/2020.
*Syntetic Oil Extra/Up to 5 Quarts
EXPIRES: 01/03/2020
Mazda Car Care - Air Conditioning Service
$180.37
Escape the heat…keep your air conditioning system working at its optimum level.
  • Test system for proper cooling and operation
  • Inspect hoses and connections for leaks
  • Clean condenser fins
Plus applicable taxes. Valid only at COX MAZDA. Cannot be used with any other applicable offer. Mazda vehicles only. Prices may vary by model. Hazardous waste fee if applicable. Please present coupon at time of write-up. Coupon expires 01/03/2020.
*Additional charges for Freon/refrigerant may apply
EXPIRES: 01/03/2020
Mazda Car Care - Pick Up & Delivery Service!

We want to make things easy for you. No
more interruptions in your schedule. We
will come to your home, office or other
location. We’ll complete the service &
return vehicle to you. Starting at $25.
Plus applicable taxes. Valid only at COX MAZDA. Cannot be used with any other applicable offer. Mazda vehicles only. Prices may vary by model. Hazardous waste fee if applicable. Please present coupon at time of write-up. Coupon expires 01/03/2020.
EXPIRES: 01/03/2020
Mazda Car Care - Mazda Service Special
Standard Oil
Special Price: $68.58
Synthetic Oil
Special Price: $80.98

– Replace engine oil and filter
– Rotate and inspect tires, brake wear
– Check and top off all fluid levels
– Check and adjust tire pressure
– Check exhaust system
– Check constant velocity (CV) boots
– Complete a multi-point inspection
*Synthetic oil extra/Up to 5 Quarts
Plus applicable taxes. Valid only at COX MAZDA. Cannot be used with any other applicable offer. Mazda vehicles only. Prices may vary by model. Hazardous waste fee if applicable. Please present coupon at time of write-up. Coupon expires 01/03/2020.
EXPIRES: 01/03/2020
Mazda Car Care - Express Detail Special!
$74.88

-Hand wash and dry exterior
-Wipe down interior
-Shampoo mats and carpets
-Apply vinyl protectant on dash exterior
trim, and tires.
Plus applicable taxes. Valid only at COX MAZDA. Cannot be used with any other applicable offer. Mazda vehicles only. Prices may vary by model. Hazardous waste fee if applicable. Please present coupon at time of write-up. Coupon expires 01/03/2020.
EXPIRES: 01/03/2020
Mazda Car Care - Check Out Our Loaner Car Program at Cox Mazda



Ask about our free Loaner
vehicles with any Service Above $200.00
Call ahead for appointment.
Plus applicable taxes. Valid only at COX MAZDA. Cannot be used with any other applicable offer. Mazda vehicles only. Prices may vary by model. Hazardous waste fee if applicable. Please present coupon at time of write-up. Coupon expires 01/03/2020.
EXPIRES: 01/03/2020
Mazda Car Care - Customize Yourself & Your Mazda!

– All Weather Floor Mats
– Cargo Trays
– Roof Racks
– And a variety of accessories for your
Mazda needs
Plus applicable taxes. Valid only at COX MAZDA. Cannot be used with any other applicable offer. Mazda vehicles only. Prices may vary by model. Hazardous waste fee if applicable. Please present coupon at time of write-up. Coupon expires 01/03/2020.
EXPIRES: 01/03/2020
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