What Transmission Do I Have?

Hopefully you already know whether you’re driving a manual or automatic transmission, but you will also need to know the type of transmission you have in order for the proper repairs to be done. Some makes can have several different models depending on engine size, so it’s up to you to know which one you have. If you’re also looking to rebuild your transmission, it’s important to know what parts you will need for your specific transmission. So if you ever yourself “What transmission do I have?”, we’ll explain how to find that out here.

What Transmission Do I Have?

  • The first thing you should do is look in the owner’s manual, which should give you an indication of what type of transmission you have. You can also find engine specs and various other details here, such as what transmission fluid you should be using.
  • Check the transmission’s oil pan for part details or identification numbers. You can then search online or ask an auto parts store to find the transmission that uses that part.
  • Your car should have a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) on the driver’s side door or dashboard, which has small black lettering that contains specific details about the car, such as the transmission and engine specs. If you need help finding out where it is, refer to this guide. Simply write the VIN number down and you can then ask a dealership service department, auto repair shop, or auto parts retailer to help you identify the transmission. They’ll easily be able to find the specs by plugging the VIN number into the computer. You can also find out if the transmission has been replaced or not.

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