What Color is Transmission Fluid?

Changing transmission fluid

Transmission fluid is specially dyed for identification purposes, so Winter Haven drivers and technicians can know if it needs to be replaced. When it’s brand-new, it’s translucent and dark red in color. Find out more about the color of transmission fluid and what it means for you below from Regal Kia’s service center.

 

 

Transmission Fluid Color Guide

Over time, your vehicle’s transmission fluid color will darken, but it can also be from contaminants getting past a malfunctioning transmission filter. Here is a basic color guide to determine whether your transmission system has an issue or you simply need transmission fluid replacement:

  • Brand-new fluid: Dark red
  • Normal: Darker brick red
  • Service your vehicle soon: Deep blood red/rust red
  • Service your vehicle immediately: Burnt/almost black

What Does Red Fluid Leaking from Car Mean?

If you notice red fluid leaking from your car, it’s most likely a transmission fluid leak. Other ways to identify a transmission leak in Plant City include:

  • Odor: Transmission fluid usually smells like petroleum. If the fluid needs to be changed, it’ll smell burnt.
  • Consistency: Transmission fluid will look/feel oily and slick like engine oil or brake fluid.
  • Location of the Leak: Transmission fluid tends to leak in front of the car from the middle.

Get Ahead of Transmission Problems

Keep the following tips in mind to prevent future problems with your car’s transmission near Brandon:

  • Choose the Right Fluid: With more advanced automatic transmission systems available, it’s important to make sure the right automatic transmission fluid and genuine OEM parts are being used.
  • Follow Your Owner’s Manual: Consult your owner’s manual to see what fluid to use and the recommended maintenance schedule for your specific vehicle.
  • Keep Up with Transmission Service: Regularly scheduled service can help catch issues before they become severe, and your local authorized dealer will know when you inspect and replace transmission components or perform a transmission flush.

Rely on Regal Kia for Your Service Needs

Whether your transmission fluid color is too dark or your car is leaking and you want to identify the issue, schedule service online now and Regal Kia can resolve the issue for you!

 

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