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How to Check Your Transmission Fluid

how to check transmission fluid

Checking your transmission fluid frequently can help save you from expensive repairs later. Want to know how to check your transmission fluid at home? Simply follow these steps:

  1. Turn the car on. The engine should be warmed up to check the level.
  2. 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. Remove 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 a replacement.
  4. 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. Use a funnel to bring the fluid level up to full. Be sure not to overfill it.

If you would rather have one of our technicians take a look, contact the service center at Eddy's Mazda of Lee's Summit. We can help keep your model running smoothly on Lee's Summit and Kansas City streets.

How Often Do You Check Your Transmission Fluid?

You should check the main fluid levels of your car monthly. This includes checking your transmission fluid, power steering fluid, and oil. If you aren’t sure how, consult your owner’s manual or contact your local Mazda service center for a more specific maintenance schedule.

Transmission Fluid Basics

Before you check your transmission fluid at home, you’ll want to keep the following in mind as the transmission is one of the most complex parts of your vehicle:

  • Not all transmission fluid is the same, with different types for recent models, manual transmissions, and automatic transmissions. 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 Independence is more convenient.
  • If your vehicle hesitates before shifting gears, it might be due to low transmission fluid. However, it could be the 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. Check your owner’s manual for a more specific replacement interval.

Learn More About How to Check Your Transmission Fluid at Eddy's Mazda of Lee's Summit

If you want to learn more about regular maintenance for your new Mazda, find out how much an oil change costs, or if you want to schedule an appointment, please feel free to contact Eddy's Mazda of Lee's Summit, your local Lee's Summit area Mazda dealer.

Service Specials at Eddy's Mazda of Lee's Summit

Standard Oil Change Plus Multi-Point Inspection
$34.95
Full Synthetic Oil Change with Tire Rotation
$79.99

$5 Off

Plus applicable fees. Valid only at EDDY'S MAZDA OF LEE'S SUMMIT. 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.

10% OFF

10% Off any services fees of $100 or more!

Plus applicable taxes. Valid only at EDDY'S MAZDA OF LEE'S SUMMIT. Cannot be used with any other applicable offer. Mazda vehicles only. Prices may vary by model. Hazardous waste fee is applicable. Please present coupon at time of write up.

$10 Off Any Fluid Service
$10 Off

Brake fluid, Transmission fluid, Coolant ETC.

Plus applicable taxes. Valid only at EDDY'S MAZDA OF LEE'S SUMMIT. 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.

Oil Change Plus

Standard Oil
$34.95

Get more value for your money! Our professional Mazda-trained technicians will:
· Change motor oil per specifications
· Install a Genuine Mazda oil filter
· Top off vital fluids
· Complete a multi-point inspection
*Synthetic oil extra/Up to 5 Quarts

Plus applicable taxes. Valid only at Eddy's Mazda of Lee's Summit. Cannot be used with any other applicable offer. Mazda vehicles only. Some vehicles may be slightly higher. Hazardous waste fee and shop supplies fee if applicable. Please present coupon at time of write-up. No cash value. Coupon expires 09/30/2020

EXPIRES: 09/30/2020
Synthetic Oil Change Plus
$49.95

Synthetic oil ensures the long life of
your engine and reduces pollution.
-Replace engine oil and Mazda oil filter
-Top off vital fluids
– Complete multi-point inspection

Plus applicable taxes. Valid only at Eddy's Mazda of Lee's Summit. Cannot be used with any other applicable offer. Mazda vehicles only. Some vehicles may be slightly higher. Hazardous waste fee and shop supplies fee if applicable. Please present coupon at time of write-up. No cash value. Coupon expires 09/30/2020

EXPIRES: 09/30/2020
Mazda Battery Special
10% Off

Your Genuine Mazda battery is a key component to your vehicle’s overall reliability and performance. For peace of mind, come in today and have one of our technicians install a new Genuine Mazda battery. Don’t wait until it’s too late!

Plus applicable taxes. Valid only at Eddy's Mazda of Lee's Summit. Cannot be used with any other applicable offer. Mazda vehicles only. Some vehicles may be slightly higher. Hazardous waste fee and shop supplies fee if applicable. Please present coupon at time of write-up. No cash value. Coupon expires 09/30/2020

EXPIRES: 09/30/2020
Lifetime Tire Rotations

Performance starts from the ground up.
When you buy a set of 4 tires from us,
you will receive COMPLIMENTARY
tire rotations for the life of your new
tires. Wheel balance not included.

Plus applicable taxes. Valid only at Eddy's Mazda of Lee's Summit. Cannot be used with any other applicable offer. Mazda vehicles only. Some vehicles may be slightly higher. Hazardous waste fee and shop supplies fee if applicable. Please present coupon at time of write-up. No cash value. Coupon expires 09/30/2020

EXPIRES: 09/30/2020
Front or Rear Brake Special
$20.00 Off

Problems with your Mazda’s brakes are
serious- don’t wait too long! Use this
coupon to receive a special discount on
the brake service you need.
Call to schedule your appointment today!

Plus applicable taxes. Valid only at Eddy's Mazda of Lee's Summit. Cannot be used with any other applicable offer. Mazda vehicles only. Some vehicles may be slightly higher. Hazardous waste fee and shop supplies fee if applicable. Please present coupon at time of write-up. No cash value. Coupon expires 09/30/2020

EXPIRES: 09/30/2020
Timing Belt Replacement Special
4 Cylinder Price
10% Off
6 Cylinder Price
10% Off

DON’T WAIT TOO LONG!
A broken timing belt can cause your engine to simply stop running. Refer to your owner’s manual for recommended replacement intervals. Service includes:
· Replace timing belt
· Set timing and engine idle speed
· Inspect water pump and drive belts
· Inspect cam and crank shaft seals

Plus applicable taxes. Valid only at Eddy's Mazda of Lee's Summit. Cannot be used with any other applicable offer. Mazda vehicles only. Some vehicles may be slightly higher. Hazardous waste fee and shop supplies fee if applicable. Please present coupon at time of write-up. No cash value. Coupon expires 09/30/2020

EXPIRES: 09/30/2020
Save On An Alignment WhenBuying A Set of 4 Tires

Eddy’s Mazda has a great selection of
tires for you to choose from. Get an
alignment for ONLY $99.95 (regular price
$119.95) when purchasing a set of 4
tires from us at regular price.

Plus applicable taxes. Valid only at Eddy's Mazda of Lee's Summit. Cannot be used with any other applicable offer. Mazda vehicles only. Some vehicles may be slightly higher. Hazardous waste fee and shop supplies fee if applicable. Please present coupon at time of write-up. No cash value. Coupon expires 09/30/2020

EXPIRES: 09/30/2020
Do-It-Yourself DiscountOn Genuine Mazda Parts
10% Off

Receive a discount on any Genuine Mazda
parts bought through our retail parts
dept. Save 10% on parts today. Maximum
discount value is $150. Not valid on
tires.

Plus applicable taxes. Valid only at Eddy's Mazda of Lee's Summit. Cannot be used with any other applicable offer. Mazda vehicles only. Some vehicles may be slightly higher. Hazardous waste fee and shop supplies fee if applicable. Please present coupon at time of write-up. No cash value. Coupon expires 09/30/2020

EXPIRES: 09/30/2020
Synthetic Oil Change Plus Multi-Point Inspection
$59.95

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