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What Color is Transmission Fluid?

A common question that the service team is asked at East Bay MINI is “what color is transmission fluid?” Transmission fluid is dyed to identify the need for car maintenance. When transmission fluid is new it is translucent and dark red in color. Learn more about the importance of this car fluid and all of its properties with East Bay MINI near Oakland. If you have any immediate questions or are ready to schedule an appointment online or give us a call!

Color Guide to Your Vehicle’s Transmission Fluid

Your vehicle’s transmission fluid will darken with age and vehicle use, but beware as it can also occur from contaminants getting past a malfunctioning transmission filter. Below, you will find a basic color guide to help you determine whether your transmission system may be having an issue or the fluid just needs to be replaced:

  • 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
  • Checking your transmission fluid at home is simpler than you might imagine! Consult our step-by-step guide to learn more.

Red Fluid Leaking from Vehicle: What Does it Mean?

A red leaking fluid from your vehicle is mostly likely due to transmission issues. Thankfully, the red color makes it easier to identify the problem. There are other ways to identify a transmission fluid leak, including:

  • Consistency: Transmission fluid will look/feel oily and slick like engine oil or brake fluid.
  • Odor: Transmission fluid usually smells like petroleum. If the fluid needs to be changed, it’ll smell burnt.
  • Location of the Leak: Transmission fluid tends to leak in front of the car from the middle.

Get in Front of Transmission Problems

To help prevent future problems with your vehicle’s transmission you can follow these tips:

  • Follow Your Owner’s Manual: Consult your owner’s manual to see what fluid to use, and to see the recommended maintenance schedule for your specific vehicle model.
  • Choose the Right Fluid: With more advanced automatic transmission systems available, it’s important to make sure the right automatic transmission fluid and genuine OEM parts are being used. You can consult our service department if you are unsure!
  • Keep Up with Transmission Service: Regularly scheduled service can help catch issues before they become severe, and your local authorized dealership will know when to inspect and replace transmission components or perform a transmission flush.

Rely on East Bay MINI for All of Your Service Needs

Whether your transmission fluid color is too dark, your vehicle is leaking, or you need tires replaced you can schedule service at East Bay MINI with our service department. We can help get your vehicle serviced and back on Livermore roads quickly. Be sure to check our current service specials so you do not miss out on a great deal!

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