How to Check the Transmission Fluid in a Truck

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You should always check your transmission fluid during your regular maintenance routine. Check the transmission fluid in a truck with help from the owner and lead mechanic of an automotive services business in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Steve Ellis from Steve Ellis Automotive and I'm going to show you how to check the transmission fluid in a truck. Most of your vehicles, most of the trucks have a dipstick to check the transmission fluid. Some are on the other side, some bigger trucks, they're down low on the other side, but looking at them you look for this dipstick and will say transmission on it. Okay, you pull the stick out, you wipe it off, make sure it's dry. While the vehicle is running and it is in park you check the fluid, you push the stick back in, you pull it back out and you look to see if it's in the marks. If it's on the check marks anywhere between the two lines on the check marks the fluid will be in the good safe position. If it's below those marks you should add and only add a small amount at a time until you bring it up in the marks. You don't want to overfill it and have it above the check marks. Okay, the type of transmission fluid that you have to put in it normally will be listed on the stick somewhere that you can read and it'll tell you what type of fluid it requires. If it is not on there look in the owners manual. If you don't have an owners manual you can check with the parts store, they can look it up and tell you what type of fluid goes in your vehicle. Okay, after you're done you double check it, you put the stick back in and check it and let it set for a second, pull it back out and double check and see if it's in the marks after you've added. My name is Steve Ellis Master Technician and that is how you check the transmission fluid in a truck, thank you.

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