Transmission fluid is one of the most vital components for a vehicle to function correctly. It aids with gear lubrication, valve operation, torque conversion, and brake friction, so you can imagine all of the components that can begin to break down when your fluid runs dry. Checking the dip-stick every 25,000 miles should be cool for maintaining your levels and ensuring that there is no dirt in it occurring from natural wear and tear, but if you have get a leak, the situation will need your attention long before then! Go through the information below for advice on how to identify a leak and fix it immediately.
Tip: In the situation of manual cars, owners should regularly check for transmission fluid dirt and contamination. This is caused by the wear and tear of metallic parts in constant use. Oftentimes, metallic particles end up in the fluid and can adversely affect its ability to lubricate the parts. Conversely, in automatic cars, the transmission fluid is prone to degradation because of heat generated during use. It then loses the ability to lubricate and gathers dirt and contaminants.
1 – INSPECT TRANSMISSION FLUID
A transmission dip-stick is used to check the fluid level in the car. If the marker is below the full line, it should be topped off. Make sure your car is parked on a level surface, not at an incline, before you test or your results could be inaccurate.
If your fluid level is low and you know that you’ve recently refilled it, it’s time to check underneath your vehicle. When you’re leaking fluid, a puddle of liquid will be seen wherever your car is parked. Transmission fluid will be a brown or red color. If the color is green, it is probably an engine coolant leak, or if it is thin or clear, then gasoline can be responsible
2 – FIX DEPENDING ON THE AMOUNT OF LEAKAGE
When you see only a few drops of fluid on the ground, a high-quality brand of transmission stop-leak will fix this issue. Find one appropriate for the make and brand of the car, remove the dip-stick, and pour it down the tube. Pour enough to change the lost fluid until the correct level is indicated.
For major leaks where a large quantity of transmission fluid has collected on the ground, you can also use a stop-gap measure. However, at the end you will want to take it to the professional mechanic for a more permanent fix.
3 – TAKE PREVENTIVE STEPS
Make reminders for yourself when you should check the transmission level and condition, so you do it at regular intervals. The fluid should be replaced if it’s dirty and after any time period suggested in the owner’s manual; the type you will need to purchase should also be indicated in the manual. Your parking area should be regularly inspected for any leaks as well.
If you have to take your vehicle to a mechanic for a fix, you should use a repair shop at your car dealer as they should have the original parts and know exactly what is needed according to the make and model of the car. This way, you are sure to get the most lasting repair. Also, when communicating with the car dealer/mechanic, you should be as detailed as possible about the issue.
Finally, know that reversing or parking should only be done after a car has come to a full stop to be as easy as possible on your gears and lower the amount of contaminants your fluid is exposed to as a result.