What Color is Transmission Fluid?

January 15th, 2019 by

Pouring Red Transmission FluidTransmission fluid is dyed specifically for identification purposes, and knowing the color of transmission fluid is important for correcting dangerous malfunctions before they stop you in your tracks. If you keep up with routine maintenance, you may not ever need this information, but you should know it. In new vehicles, transmission fluid is a dark, semi-translucent red, but it often darkens further with vehicle age and usage.

Transmission Fluid Color Guide

Transmission fluid color doesn’t just indicate age and usage. It can also alert you to serious problems with your car. Use this transmission fluid color guide to find out when to visit a service center near St. James or Springfield:

  • Brand-new fluid, Safe for Usage: Dark red
  • Normal, Safe for Usage: Darker brick red
  • Service Recommended: Deep blood red/rust red
  • Immediate Service Required: Burnt/almost black

Red Fluid Leaking From Car

If you notice red fluid leaking from your vehicle, don’t wait for the problem to solve itself. Contact our Rolla service center to find out why you’re losing transmission fluid!

In most cases, the red color of transmission fluid makes it easy to tell what your problem is. If you want confirmation before you contact your local Rolla service center, there are several other techniques you can use to pin down the source of the leak:

  • Odor: New and lightly-used transmission fluid smells like petroleum, but if it needs to be changed, it will smell burnt.
  • Consistency: Transmission fluid is oily, slick, and viscous. It’s similar in consistency to engine oil or brake fluid.
  • Location of leak: Transmission fluid tends to pool up beneath the front end of the car.

Get Ahead of Transmission Problems

  • It’s essential to equip your vehicle with the right automatic transmission fluid and to use only genuine OEM Kia parts. Check your owner’s manual for full details.
  • Most technicians, including those at our service center, will check your fluid levels as part of regularly scheduled maintenance. Your owner’s manual will show you the right schedule to follow if you check at home.
  • To get the service you need for less, take advantage of our rotating Kia auto service coupons.

Rely on Kingdom Kia for Your Service Needs

Learn more about what an alternator does, why is my car leaking water, how to clean the inside of your windshield, or how you should change your transmission fluid. If you notice a red fluid leaking from your vehicle, or you’ve seen that your transmission fluid is too dark, schedule service with us today.  Our service center is located just a short drive from St. James and Springfield, and our trained technicians can get you in and out in no time. Contact us today to learn more about everything from auto service to used car leasing.

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