What Color is Transmission Fluid?

Transmission Fluid Change

Transmission fluid is normally dyed to identify it. When it’s brand-new, the transmission fluid is translucent and dark red. Get all of the details about this essential car fluid and its properties at our West Palm Beach service center. Don’t hesitate to contact our service center if you have any additional questions.

Transmission Fluid Color Guide

As your vehicle gets old and undergoes more use, the transmission fluid will darken, but this can also be the result of contaminants getting past a malfunctioning transmission filter. Below is a look at the color guide for the transmission fluid. Use this to see if your transmission system has any issues or if you just need a 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

Why Is Red Fluid Leaking From My Car?

If you notice red fluid leaking from your car, it’s more than likely a transmission fluid leak. The red color makes it easy to identify the issue. Other ways to know if there’s a transmission leak include:

  • Odor: Transmission fluid will normally smell like petroleum. If a change is needed, it will smell burnt.
  • Consistency: Transmission fluid will look/feel oily and slick like engine oil or brake fluid.
  • Location of the Leak: Transmission fluid typically leaks in front of the car from the middle.

How to Prepare For Transmission Problems

It’s recommended to remember these tips to prevent any future problems with your vehicle’s transmission:

  • Choose the Right Fluid: With more advanced automatic transmission systems available, make sure the right automatic transmission fluid and genuine OEM parts are being used.
  • Follow Your Owner’s Manual: Check your vehicle’s owner’s manual to learn what fluid is needed and to see the recommended maintenance schedule for your specific vehicle.
  • Keep Up with Transmission Service: Regularly scheduled service helps catch any problems before they become severe. Our factory-trained technicians know when you inspect and replace transmission components or perform a transmission flush.

Get Trusted Jaguar Service in West Palm Beach

Not sure what color your transmission fluid should be? Visit our service center near Delray Beach if you notice any issues with the transmission fluid. We’ll make sure your vehicle continues performing at its peak and get you back out on the roads in no time. Be sure to take a look at our service coupons to use on your next visit.

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