What Transmission Do I Have? – Lookup Tool & 5 Ways to Check

If you’re having transmission problems or need to order parts, you’ll need to know what kind of transmission is installed in your vehicle. Knowing the year, make and model isn’t always enough – in some cases it can depend on the size of the engine and/or number of speeds it has. For example, a 2010 Toyota Highlander L4 2.7L has a U660E transmission, while a V6 3.5L has a U151E transmission.

1) Use Our Lookup Tool

Enter the year, make, model and trim of your vehicle to find out what transmission it has:

2) Check Your Owner’s Manual

One of the best places to find vehicle-specific information is in the glove box. Your owner’s manual contains a wealth of information, such as the type of transmission, the kind of transmission fluid to use, and how often you should change the fluid and filter. If your vehicle didn’t come with an owners manual (which is common if you bought it used), there are a few other ways to figure out which transmission you have.

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3) ATRA’s Online Lookup Tool

You can search ATRA’s database by year, make and model to find the transmission type.

4) White Card on the Driver’s Door

On the inside edge of the driver’s door is a tag that lists the year of the vehicle, country of origin, the type of engine installed, and usually, the transmission.

5) Look Under the Hood or on the Transmission Oil Pan

Another way is to crawl under the vehicle and look for part numbers. Using a good flashlight, look for part numbers stamped into the transmission pan or the transmission itself. Your local auto part store or dealer will be able to cross-reference the numbers to determine the kind of transmission the part belongs to.

6) Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) Lookup

Every vehicle has a unique 17-character identification number located on a metal dash plaque that can be seen from the outside through the windshield at the edge of the dashboard on the driver’s side. It can also be found on the door tag (inside the driver’s door) or on the vehicle registration/insurance/finance papers. Each digit of the VIN number provides a different piece of information about that particular vehicle including the factory installed engine, transmission type, where it was built, etc. To decode the number, call your local dealer, repair shop or parts store and they’ll tell you what transmission you have. It should look like this:


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4 thoughts on “What Transmission Do I Have? – Lookup Tool & 5 Ways to Check

  1. I wrecked my car yesterday and all that the tow lot would tell me is:
    “When you ran over the tree stump it ripped several wires out from underneath the car. We are unsure of what they go to or where they belong.”
    “We believe your car is totaled, as I ‘think’ there may be a hole in your transmission.”
    “You have to pay me $700 to fully inspect it or to have somebody come look at it, since it’s in *MY* tow yard.”
    “You can come get your belonging if you can provide me…” a million and one things that I don’t have, but I have my proof of ownership and the original title in my hands. Apparently that’s not good enough.. wtf!?

    What do I do!? This is my first accident, and I can’t even LOOK at my OWN car because this guy is a wack job. Someone please help me!!

    • Hi Darian, sorry to hear about the tough situation you’re in! I’d suggest paying what you owe for the tow, then calling another tow company to come and take your car away to a local mechanic. It’s your car and his job was to simply to tow your vehicle, all other services offered after that are still optional. If the situation gets worse, don’t hesitate to call the authorities.

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