Typically, the transmission fluid on your Nissan versa should be changed every 30,000 to 60,000 miles but sometimes a fluid change may be necessary sooner in case the level of the fluid becomes low before the recommended 30,000 to 60,000 miles lapses. If you use your car intensively a transmission fluid change is advisable a lot sooner possibly after about 15,000 to 20,000 miles.
Some of the indicators that your Nissan Versa is running low on transmission fluid include
- Erratic or uneven transmission which may be noticed by the driver as sudden increases or decreases in the car’s speed and power or a jerking motion whenever the car shifts gear.
- Greatly varying speeds on the RPM gauge while driving even on level terrain even with relatively normal loading characteristics.
- Grinding and screeching noises coming from the transmission.
- Sometimes the versa may completely fail to engage a gear even after you have made the shift from one gear to another
- An overheated transmission may also be an indicator that you are low on your transmission fluid. Typically, it is marked by a burning smell coming from the car transmission.
If you have experienced any of the above problems, it may be an indicator that your Nissan versa is low on the transmission fluid and if so it may be time to change or add transmission fluid.
So how do you check the transmission fluid on a Nissan Versa?
- Park the Nissan versa on level ground engage the car parking and turn on and let it run for at least 30 minutes so that the car engine can become warm enough. It is advisable to check for the transmission fluid level on a running car so once the Nissan versa gets warm enough you can continue with the checking procedure.
- Pop the bonnet using the open engine-level located on the driver’s side below the steering wheel (it has an open bonnet drawn on it) and locate the transmission fluid reservoir that is located on the left-hand side of the engine right below the coolant filling port
- Take the transmission fluid reservoir cap out by pulling on it gently and place it in somewhere that is easy to locate to avoid misplacing it or putting it in a place that it interferes with the engines running mechanism
- Take out your Versa’s oil dipstick and look for a clean dry fabric to wipe off the residual oil from the dipstick
- Once you’ve made sure the dipstick is clean as any oil residuals may contaminate the transmission fluid insert the dipstick into the transmission fluid reservoir.
- Push in the dipstick until it can go in any further
- Pull out the dipstick and carefully check the transmission fluid level
- The fluid level should be at the second U curve on the dipstick from the bottom for the recommended transmission fluid level.
- Wipe off the transmission fluid from the dipstick and put it back in the oil reservoir.