A car’s transmission is important for providing a smooth drive. It requires fluid to function properly, but introducing the wrong type can have negative effects on the system’s performance. Understanding the variety of fluids — and the problems caused by using the incorrect one — will help you choose the right kind for your vehicle during transmission maintenance.

Types of Transmission Fluid

The fluid your car needs is largely determined by the type of transmission it has — automatic or manual. From there, the system either requires automatic transmission fluid (ATF) or continuously variable transmission fluid (CVT). Consulting your vehicle’s owner’s manual or manufacturer can help you determine what type is best.

Signs the Wrong Fluid Has Been Added

If you notice any of the following red flags, take your vehicle to a transmission maintenance professional right away to avoid serious mechanical breakdowns.

Strange Engine Sounds

If you hear strange clunking or grinding noises from your engine, it may be a sign the wrong type of transmission fluid was used, causing the system’s components to rub together.

transmission maintenanceIssues Shifting Gears

Putting in the wrong transmission fluid will make shifting gears difficult. Once they finally do shift, you might hear the aforementioned strange noises.

Slipping Gears

If your vehicle’s gears slip while driving or the car often shifts into neutral unprompted, the wrong type of transmission fluid may to blame.


When you notice any of these signs, drive your car to Mr. Transmission  in Cincinnati, OH. The transmission maintenance team has assisted drivers throughout the Tri-State area for more than 15 years, and they will make sure your car has the right fluid. The mechanics work on vehicles of every make and model, including foreign automobiles, and their work comes with a four-month warranty. Call (513) 769-3111 to schedule transmission maintenance, or visit the website for more information.