Most people never check the transmission fluid in their vehicle. Your vehicle owner’s manual should show the location of your transmission fluid dipstick. It should be located somewhere near the engine oil dipstick, but not on all vehicles.
Knowing your vehicle’s unique requirements is key to proper maintenance and routine inspection. Check with a knowledgeable mechanic to determine exactly how and when to check the transmission fluid level on your vehicle. Some mechanics believe you should check the fluid level when the transmission is warm and the engine is off. Others believe you should check the fluid level with the transmission warm and the vehicle in park with the engine running.
When checking the fluid level, notice the color of the fluid and smell it. Yes, smell it. If the fluid is brown or smells burnt, have your transmission serviced immediately. It’s time for a transmission fluid change!