With oil and fluid so crucial to the health of your engine, regularly checking your fluid levels is not a bad thing – especially if your car is older. The first step to this is simply knowing where your transmission and engine dipstick can be found!
If you’re looking for the transmission and engine dipstick on your Volvo 5 cylinder, just check out the image above to see exactly where they are!
A few things to keep in mind in regards to checking your transmission and oil levels:
- If you are having problems with the transmission in your Volvo, such as clunky shifting or hesitation, check the fluid level first, via the dipstick.
- The engine should be running when you perform a transmission fluid level check, otherwise it will be inaccurate.
- Check your owner’s manual to see exactly how much fluid your engine and transmission need. Different models and/or engines need different amounts of fluid.
- If the transmission and/or oil levels in your Volvo are low, you need to add fluid through the dipstick tube. Be sure to add it slowly as it will fill up quickly and is difficult to remove excess fluid if you overfill.
Here’s an awesome video from YouTube legend Robert DIY on how to check your Volvo 850’s transmission fluid and engine oil:
Want to learn some more about basic car care? We’ve got plenty of resources to help you out! First, check out our Volvo Repair Database to search by category (engine, transmission, etc) or model. Of course, if you don’t mind digging a little, our MVS Forum contains so much information on maintaining your Volvo, it’s just a matter of where to start (though your model’s forum page is obviously a good option.)
Still can’t quite find what you’re looking for? Join our forum (it’s free, of course) and post a question. Our knowledgeable members are always happy to help!