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How to Check Transmission Fluid in a Camry

by Gregory Crews

Checking the transmission fluid in your Toyota Camry should only take a few minutes. The Camry is Toyota's midsize sedan. Its transmission fluid should be checked as frequently as you change the motor oil. When checking the fluid, you will need to observe if the fluid is a red color. In the case the fluid is not red, you may need to have the transmission inspected by either a respected mechanic or the Toyota dealer.

Start the car to let it warm up. Allow the car to run for five minutes. Shift the car through all the gears. Allow the car to shift into each gear before moving to the next gear. Move back to "Park" and turn the car off.

Open the hood to access the engine compartment. Locate the transmission dipstick toward the side of the motor.

Pull the dipstick out of the tube. Ensure you have the transmission dipstick and not the motor oil dipstick, which would have brown oil rather than red. Wipe the transmission dipstick clean with a clean towel. Insert the dipstick back in to the tube. Ensure that it is seated fully.

Pull the dipstick out of the tube and check the level of the fluid against the markings on the dipstick. The dipstick will indicate if the level is full or if it needs fluid added.

Place a funnel in the mouth of the transmission dipstick tube. Pour transmission fluid in half-quart intervals. Check the fluid level each time. Continue to fill until the level indicates full.


  • Consult your owner's manual for the correct type of automatic transmission fluid. The recommended type is Dexron II.

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About the Author

Gregory Crews has been in the film industry for three years and has appeared in more than 38 major motion pictures and 16 television shows. He also writes detailed automotive tutorials. His expertise in the automotive industry has given him the skills to write detailed technical instructional articles.

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