What Color is Transmission Fluid?

Changing transmission fluid


A common question that we hear at our Orchard Park service center is, “What color is transmission fluid?” Transmission fluid is specially dyed for identification purposes, so new transmission fluid should be translucent and dark red in color. Learn more about transmission fluid and what you should do if you notice red fluid leaking from your car in Eden. 

Transmission Fluid Color Guide

As transmission fluid ages in Blasdell, it will darken as you continue to use your vehicle. However, a change in color could also be due to contaminants getting past a malfunctioning transmission filter. The guide below can help you determine whether you need to replace your transmission fluid or if there is a more serious problem that needs to be addressed. 

  • 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 

Red Fluid Leaking from Car

Have you noticed red fluid leaking from your car? There is a good chance that it is transmission fluid. In addition to red fluid leaking from your car, there are also other telltale signs that there is an issue with your transmission fluid. 

  • Odor: Transmission fluid usually smells like petroleum. If you notice a burning smell, the fluid should be replaced. 
  • Consistency: Transmission fluid will look/feel oily and slick like engine oil or brake fluid. If this is not the case, it could indicate a problem. 
  • Location of the Leak: Is the red fluid leaking from the front of the car?Transmission fluid leaks are usually located in front of the car toward the middle. 

Proper Transmission Maintenance

Replacing a transmission in West Seneca can be quite costly. That is why it is so important to properly maintain your transmission. Learn how to check transmission fluid and keep these tips in mind: 

  • Choose the Right Fluid: Always use the type of transmission fluid that is recommended for your particular make and model. 
  • Follow Your Owner’s Manual: Take a look at your owner’s manual to see when a transmission fluid flush is needed. 
  • Keep Up with Transmission Service: Regularly scheduled servicecan detect small issues before they turn into major repairs. 

Contact the Service Experts at Robert Basil Buick GMC

If your vehicle is showing signs of a transmission fluid leak, bring it to the state-of-the-art service center at Robert Basil Buick GMC. Our experts will inspect your vehicle and fix any issue that has come up. Contact us today for more information, or check out our helpful service tips and tricks.

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