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Cars / Trucks / Vans Category: Transmission System

Maintenance Issues:

How to determine if transmission fluid is still good.

Tools / Materials (See Below for Applicability):

  • White paper towel

Guide:

It is advisable to test the condition/suitability of your vehicle's transmission fluid at least every 10,000 miles.  The transmission fluid test is quite simple.

Do the following to test the condition of the transmission fluid:

  1. Open the hood of the vehicle in order to get access to the transmission fluid dipstick.

  2. Set up a couple of sheets of paper towel on the ground, right in front of the vehicle where you are at.

  3. Remove the transmission fluid dipstick from its slot and allow droplets of the fluid that is on it to purposely fall onto the paper towel set on the ground.

  4. Fully re-insert the dipstick into its slot.

  5. Allow the droplets of the fluid to settle into the paper towel for a minute or two.

  6. Now, look at the stains on the paper towel caused by the droplets of the fluid from the transmission fluid dipstick in order to make a determination as to the condition of

     

    the transmission fluid, whether it is still good or in need of replacement:  If the stains on the paper towel are widespread and anywhere in color, from red, pink to a somewhat brownish color, the transmission fluid is in good condition and suitable for continued use; if the the stains on the paper towel are somewhat circular with each one bearing a center focal point that is darker than their outer edges, this is a sign that the transmission fluid is in need of replacement because it has turned bad as a result of too much oxidation.

If you find your transmission fluid makes stains indicative of its bearing too much oxidation, as shown above, you should have your transmission fluid replaced, including your transmission filter, at once.

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