What Color Is Transmission Fluid?

Changing transmission fluid

Transmission fluid is essential to keeping your vehicle running like new on the Watertown roads. Knowing what your transmission fluid color means can help you understand if you need new transmission fluid or more serious repairs. Learn the in’s and out’s of transmission and more with the service center at Brookings Auto Mall. 

What Transmission Fluid Color Means 

If you have a transmission fluid leak and you’re not sure what to do, then check the color of the fluid. Your transmission fluid will naturally get darker over time, but the color can sometimes change due to contaminants from a broken or malfunctioning transmission filter. If you have a transmission fluid leak, here is what the different colors could mean: 

  • 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 Transmission Fluid Red Sometimes? 

Sometimes, you might see a red fluid leaking from underneath your car after driving through Brookings, it’s likely transmission fluid. But, why is the transmission fluid red? Red indicates that the fluid is indeed transmission fluid and that you have a transmission fluid leak. Here are some other ways to identify a transmission fluid leak: 

  • A petroleum-like smell or burnt smell. 
  • If the oil looks and feels like oil or brake fluid. 
  • If the leak occurs towards the front of the vehicle. 

More Transmission Fluid Tips

To help you stay on top of your transmission fluid and your transmission overall, here are some helpful tips you should keep in mind: 

  • Make sure you choose the right transmission fluid for your vehicle, since different vehicles require different fluids. Check your owner’s manual to see what transmission fluid your vehicle requires. 
  • You should also be sure to follow the recommended maintenance schedule for your vehicle, which you can find in your owner’s manual. 
  • If you’re unsure about the condition of your transmission or anything about your vehicle, schedule a visit with a service center in the Mitchell area. 

Now that you know a little bit more about how to spot transmission fluid leaks and transmission fluid basics, you can take the necessary steps to getting your transmission taken care of. For all of your service needs both major and minor, schedule a visit with Brookings Auto Mall in Brookings. 

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If you’re ever unsure about what your transmission fluid color means or if you notice anything unusual, contact us to set up a visit. Save on every visit and make vehicle maintenance more affordable with our rotating service specials.


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