What Color is Transmission Fluid?

December 30th, 2018 by

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Transmission fluid, which starts as a translucent dark red shade, is dyed to identify any issues. At Wilde Lexus Sarasota, our goal is to ensure your new vehicle is safe to drive on the Lakewood Ranch roads. Our service center will answer any questions and provide information about the transmission fluid color.

Transmission Fluid Color Guide

As your vehicle ages, the transmission fluid color will darken, but it can also change color due to a malfunctioning transmission filter. Here is a color guide to follow and see if your transmission has any issues or if the fluids need replacing. Then make the drive from Venice so our trained mechanics can inspect your Lexus vehicle.

  • 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

Is red fluid leaking from your car? With the red color, it makes identifying the problem–which is most likely a transmission fluid leak–easier. There are other ways of knowing when there’s a transmission leak:

  • Odor: Transmission fluid typically has a petroleum smell. When it’s time to change the fluid, it will smell burnt.
  • Consistency: Transmission fluid looks and feels oily and slick, just like brake fluid or engine oil.
  • Location of the leak: With a transmission fluid leak, it typically happens at the front of the vehicle from the middle.

Stay On Top of Transmission Problems

  • Advanced automatic transmission systems are now available, so it’s vital that you’re making sure you’re using the right transmission fluid and genuine OEM parts.
  • Read through the owner’s manual to see which fluid to use, and the recommended maintenance schedule for your vehicle.
  • Having your car serviced regularly helps to catch issues before they become serious. Our service department will know when to replace transmission components or have a transmission flush done.

Trust Wilde Lexus Sarasota for Your Service Needs

If your transmission fluid is leaking, or if the color looks too dark, schedule a service appointment at Wilde Lexus Sarasota so we can inspect and identify the issue. We’ll get your vehicle on the Bradenton roads in no time. Before coming in, check our rotating service specials and coupons available to help save on your visit!

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