What Is Transmission Fluid?
Transmission fluid is the lifeblood of your transmission. Your transmission fluid lubricates and cools your transmission while your engine is running.
The fluid keeps components from causing too much friction and overheating the transmission. Additionally, transmission works to lubricate your gears and help them shift smoothly.
Transmission fluid doesn’t usually need changing until about 60,000 to 100,000 miles for an automatic transmission and 30,000 to 50,000 miles for a manual transmission. If you think your car is due for a transmission check up, don’t hesitate to reach out to AAMCO Louisville.
We are the transmission experts and can perform a multi point inspection to check the conditions of your transmission and fluid levels.
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Checking Your Transmission Fluid
A few key things to remember is that unlike an oil check, your car should be running and the transmission fluid should be hot. Check for the transmission fluid dipstick usually located a little farther back in the engine compartment under the ood. Remove the dipstick and wipe it clean, place it back in and remove it. Check the levels by looking at the markings on the dipstick and if the fluid is hot, it should come up to the marking indicating “Hot” or “Warm”.
If the fluid is coming up short, your fluid may be low. It’s also important to check the color of the fluid. It should normally be pink or red in color but if it’s brown or black it can be very dirty or even burnt. If it smells burnt then this can be an indicator that something is amiss.
If you suspect your transmission fluid needs a flush, AAMCO Louisville offers a transmission fluid maintenance to flush out all the old transmission fluid and replace it with new fluid. Schedule an appointment today.
What To Look For In Transmission Fluid?
Transmission fluid should be a red or pink color. If the transmission fluid is a brown or black color this can indicate that the fluid is very dirty due to age or could be burnt due to your transmission overheating. If your transmission fluid doesn’t look right to you, contact your trusted mechanic to take a look and make sure everything is in working order. Additionally, making sure that the correct type of transmission fluid is used for your car is important or else it can lead to poor efficiency and driveability.
Transmission fluid smells almost like petroleum or has a somewhat sweet scent. If you detect a burning smell coming from your transmission fluid, this is an indicator that your transmission fluid is too hot and burning off. Additionally, fluid can burn if the transmission fluid is low or leaking. An overheating transmission can eventually lead to multiple issues such as transmission failure or poor performance.
If your transmission fluid smells like it’s burning, bring it into your local AAMCO Louisville. We are offering a free multi point inspection to examine each part of your transmission.
Transmission fluid is typically thinner than motor oil and shouldn’t be thick or else it won’t properly flow through your transmission and cool it effectively. If you find that the fluid is almost sludge-like in consistency there could be too much dirt and debris clogging the fluid. Retroactively, if the fluid is way too thin, it won’t properly coat the transmission and could be a sign that water or condensation got into the fluid.
If your transmission fluid doesn’t appear normal to you, it’s best not to wait on it and have bigger problems on your hands later. AAMCO Louisville can assist with all your transmission repair needs and properly assess the health of your transmission fluid.
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