How to check BMW transmission fluid?

How to check BMW transmission fluid? – Driving around Manhattan, the Bronx and Queens, your car needs a regular TLC to keep you healthy, to keep running in excellent condition for years.

One of the most important elements in seamlessly maintaining your car’s transmission is to ensure that the transmission fluid is clean and fresh. Although it is unnecessary to replace the transmission fluid by the amount of oil change, we recommend checking the transmission fluid frequently. Our team here at BMW in Manhattan has compiled this useful guide to check your transmission fluid so we can perform this quick check at home. If you need service on your vehicle, please schedule a reservation using this online form.

1. Grab a white rug

The only supplement required for this check is a white cloth or towel so you can clearly see the color of the liquid on the cloth. In some cases, you may want to keep the owner’s manual on standby if necessary.

2. Engine warm-up

The best time to do a liquid check on the transmission, after your car has been driven for at least a few minutes, the fluid is nice and warm, so you can get the most accurate reading. While you are checking, I will leave the engine running, but of course, please make sure that the car is parked.

How to check BMW transmission fluid

3. Lift the hood and find a dip stick

Open the car hood and find the transmission gauge – there is a difference for each car so you may need the owner’s manual to check the position of the stick.

4. Check the liquid

Please pull out the dip stick and wipe it well with your white blur. Please check the color and concentration and pay attention to strong smell (However, please do not bring the nose to liquid or sniff a big smell). Are you ready for the news?

Healthy Fluid: Transmission fluid is red to light brown and clean if there is no noticeable smell.
Oh no !: If the transmission liquid changes from blackish brown to black, if there is burning smell, if it is viscous or is filled with debris, liquid exchange is necessary.

5. Check again

Check again

Insert the dipstick again and remove it again. This time, check the level of the liquid compared to the line of the dipstick. If the fluid is below the lower line, additional fluid must be added to keep the car in good condition. [Manhattan’s auto preventive repair, New York, New York]
Schedule your service appointment

If checking the transmission fluid shows that liquid exchange is necessary, please bring it to a reputable repair agent. Our service center in Manhattan’s BMW has a specialist who helps keep your car in excellent condition. If you need transmission change or other service, please contact us and schedule a reservation. That way, your car will continue to walk around Manhattan, the Bronx and Queens.


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