If there is a persistent red oil leak that you are sure is coming from your car, you should have your shop check to see if it is coming from your transmission or possibly from your power steering system (most power steering systems also use transmission fluid and leaks can appear on the ground in roughly the same areas as transmission leaks.) If all you see is a few drops on the ground, you may be able to postpone repairs as long as you check your fluid level often (but check with your technician to be sure.) If transmission fluid levels go down below minimum levels serious transmission damage can occur (the same advice goes for power steering leaks as well.)
Check fluid for color and odor
Most manufacturers require that you check transmission fluid levels when the vehicle is running and on level ground. Pull the transmission dipstick out and check the fluid for color and odor. Transmission fluid is a transparent red oil that looks something like cherry cough syrup. If the fluid is cloudy or muddy, or it has a burned odor, you should have it checked by your technician who will most likely advise you to have a transmission drain and refill or transmission tune-up. See the Maintenance section below for details on this service.
be sensitive to new noises, vibrations and shift behavior
A modern transmission should shift smoothly and quietly under light acceleration. Heavier acceleration should produce firmer shifts at higher speeds. If shift points are erratic or you hear noises when shifting, you should have it checked out immediately. Whining noises coming from the floorboard are also a cause for concern. If caught early, many problems can
The health of your vehicle's transmission is very important. Your transmission transfers the engine's power to your wheels and contributes to an enjoyable- or possibly troublesome driving experience.
Checking the fluid and having it flushed routinely is essential to keeping your transmission running smoothly. If you have questions about your transmission, bring it in to Klein Honda's service center and we'll provide you the answers you need.
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR TRANSMISSION
Regularly checking your transmission and its fluids can help prevent extremely costly transmission repairs and replacements. Checking your fluids is a very easy task:
To check your automatic transmission fluid, follow these three steps:
1. Pull out the dipstick- Put the gearshift in Neutral or Park and the parking brake on, let your engine run. Make sure the engine is warm when you pull the dipstick out. Do not turn off the engine.
2. Check the fluid- Dip your index finger into the fluid on the dipstick and rub the fluid between your finger and your thumb. The transmission fluid on the dipstick should have a pinkish hue and be close to clear. If it looks or smells burnt or you see particles in it, bring it to Klein Honda and one of our skilled mechanics will drain and change the fluid for you.
3. Wipe the dipstick- Using a clean, lint-free rag, clean the fluid off of the dipstick and then reinsert it and pull it out again. If the transmission fluid is clear but doesn't quite reach the "Full" line, use a funnel and pour just enough transmission fluid down the tube to reach the line. Be careful not to not overfill it!