Transmission fluid is important to your vehicle’s operation, acting as a lubricant for the moving parts of your transmission and helping to prevent corrosion and wear.  When you suspect your car is leaking this fluid, you want to take it to a trusted mechanic, so they can inspect the leak and perform transmission maintenance.

The car repair team at Mr. Transmission in Cincinnati, OH, explains how you can determine if your car is leaking transmission fluid.

  • transmission maintenanceWarning Signs: If you notice that your transmission is slow to start, your fluid levels are probably low and it may be due to a leak. A transmission that does not start at all could be an indication that your vehicle does not have any transmission fluid left.
  • Fluid Color & Smell: When your car is leaking transmission fluid, you will notice a reddish, light brown, or black spot underneath your vehicle. You can also examine the consistency and smell of the leaking fluid. If the fluid is slick and oily with a smell similar to petroleum, it's a good sign that your vehicle is leaking transmission fluid.
  • Common Locations: Transmission fluid tends to leak at the drive shaft seal, transmission pan seal, input shaft seal, or valve body seal. If you notice the fluid leak is underneath the front and middle of your vehicle, it is a good possibility that your car has a transmission fluid leak.

You can avoid leaks with regular transmission maintenance. Depending on how much you drive your vehicle, you may need to change its transmission fluid every two years or 30,000 miles. The transmission maintenance team at Mr. Transmission can repair your car so it is ready for the road. Give them a call at (513) 769-3111 to speak to a transmission professional, or visit their website to learn more about their car repair services.