What Color is Transmission Fluid?

If there is red fluid leaking from your car, several questions may come to mind, including “what color is transmission fluid?” When it’s new, transmission fluid is dark red in color with a translucent appearance. Transmission fluid is dyed red by design – when you see red fluid leaking from your car, it should alert you to potential transmission issues. You should schedule service without delay to address the issue, but in the meantime, you can learn more about transmission fluid and maintenance with Rick Hendrick City Chevrolet in the guide below.

What Does the Color of Transmission Fluid Tell You?

Transmission fluid darkens naturally over time as you make your daily drives to and from Gastonia. But if the fluid is still somewhat new and already appears dark or dirty, it could mean that the transmission filter is failing, allowing pollutants to flow through it.

To help determine whether the color of your car’s transmission fluid is a cause for concern, familiarize yourself with this transmission fluid color guide:

  • Newly replaced fluid: Dark red
  • Normal color change over time: Darker brick red
  • Schedule service in the near future: Deep blood red/rust red
  • Schedule service immediately: Burnt/almost black

How to Identify Red Fluid Leaking from a Car

Red fluid leaking from your car is most likely due to a transmission fluid leak. The red color is your first tip-off, but there are some additional clues that can confirm whether it’s a transmission issue:

  • Where is Fluid Leaking From?: Usually, transmission fluid leaks occur at the front middle area of a vehicle.
  • Scent: Fresh transmission fluid emits a scent similar to that of petroleum. If it smells burnt, it’s time to replace the fluid.
  • Texture: Pick up a bit of the leaking fluid on your finger; if it looks and feels slick and greasy, it’s likely transmission fluid.

Transmission Maintenance Tips

In addition to knowing what color transmission fluid is at different stages, the following preventative measures will help you maintain a healthy transmission:

  • Use Manufacturer-Approved Fluid: You should always use the transmission fluid recommended by the manufacturer of your car. If any transmission components need to be replaced, request genuine OEM parts for the repair.
  • Consult Your Owner’s Manual: You can find the recommended transmission fluid for your car listed in the owner’s manual, as well as the transmission maintenance schedule for your model.
  • Don’t Skip Transmission Service: Transmission maintenance intervals are designed to keep the transmission healthy. By scheduling regular service appointments, minor issues can be caught and remedied before they snowball into serious problems.

Transmission Service You Can Trust in Charlotte

The Rick Hendrick City Chevrolet service center is located right here at our dealership, just a short distance from Concord and Rock Hill, SC. Our factory-trained technicians can handle all manner of transmission service in Charlotte. We offer rotating service specials to keep your appointments budget-friendly, so don’t delay any longer! If you have any further questions regarding the color of your transmission fluid, you’re welcome to contact us.

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