What Color is Transmission Fluid?

Pouring transmission fluid

Your car’s transmission fluid is dyed to ensure you can identify any leaks and other issues as you cover the roads of Westlake. At Austin, we’re always looking to ensure the new vehicle you drive home is safe and well-maintained, so our service center is always ready to answer any questions and provide any information on transmission fluid color.

Transmission Fluid Color Guide

Transmission fluid darkens as your vehicle ages, but the color can also change due to various internal issues, most commonly a malfunctioning transmission filter. That’s why we’ve put together a quick and easy color guide to help you see if your transmission might have any issues or if the fluid needs replacing:

  • Brand-new fluid: Dark red
  • Normal: Darker brick red
  • Service your vehicle soon: Deep blood red/rust red
  • Service your vehicle without delay: Burnt/almost black

If your transmission fluid is deep blood red, rust red, burnt, or almost black, bring it in so our trained mechanics can take a closer look.

Red Fluid Leaking From Car

Have you noticed red fluid leaking from your vehicle? That probably means there’s a transmission leak, but there are other signs to watch for apart from the color, including:

  • Odor: Transmission fluid usually smells much like petroleum, but it will also give off a burnt smell if it’s time for a fluid change.
  • Consistency: Transmission fluid should look and feel oily and slick, much like engine oil or brake fluid.
  • Leak Location: If the leaking fluid is transmission fluid, it will usually be leaking at the front of the vehicle from the middle.

Stay On Top of Transmission Problems

Since several advanced automatic transmission systems are now available, Round Rock drivers should make absolutely sure they’re using the right transmission fluid and only fit their vehicle with genuine OEM parts.

You should:

  • Read through your owner’s manual to make certain which transmission fluid to use.
  • Follow your vehicle’s recommended maintenance schedule to ensure the fluid is changed when appropriate.

Trust Covert Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram for Your Service Needs

Whether Leander drivers want to know how to rotate their tires or how to jump start their vehicle, our service department can help. Don’t hesitate to schedule service today or check out our service specials.

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