Healthy transmission fluid should be relatively clear or pink in color. If your transmission fluid is deep red or brown, your transmission fluid is old and most likely causing extra damage within your transmission. If it is dark brown, that is a sign you have burnt transmission fluid from overheating.
What color is transmission fluid when its bad?
The reason why transmission fluid changes from bright red to brown to black as it ages is that is it oxidizing. Oxidation is bad for transmission fluid. Dark brown or black transmission fluid is dirty and incapable of lubricating the hundreds of transmission parts. It will cause damage if you don’t have it changed.
What color should transmission fluid be when checked?
Transmission fluid is normally pink in color, if it is a brown color, it’s time for a Power Flush™. When checking your transmission fluid you should also check for a burnt smell. If you do notice a burnt smell, contact your nearest Tanner Transmissions location for our free transmission diagnosis.
What color is manual transmission fluid?
Manual transmission fluid, like engine oil, is generally brown to amber in color. Commonly recommended manual transmission fluid formulations include SAE 80W, 75W-90, 80W-90 and SAE 90. In some cases, a multi-grade engine oil or automatic transmission fluid may be recommended.
What does transmission fluid look like when it needs to be changed?
Wipe the dipstick with a clean rag or paper towel. Then look at the color of the transmission fluid. If it’s bright pink-the fluid is new. … If it’s light brown with a hint of pink-It needs to be replaced.
How do you know if your transmission fluid is low?
Signs of Low Transmission Fluid
- Noises. If your transmission is working properly, you shouldn’t hear any noise while you’re driving as it should transition smoothly. …
- Burning Smell. Any foul smell coming from your car should direct you to your nearest service center. …
- Transmission Leaks. …
- Slipping Gears.
What does bad transmission fluid smell like?
#3 Burning Smell
Fresh transmission fluid tends to smell sweet or tart. When that smell turns burnt, your transmission fluid has broken down and the system is burning too hot, leading to an increase in friction and corrosive activity in the engine.