Caring for Your Transmission
You take good care of your vehicle. Proper maintenance is important to you. You change your engine oil and air filters, rotate your tires and, upon occasion, drag out the vacuum cleaner. So, when did you check your transmission fluid last or arrange for a flush?
Depending upon the year, make, and model of your vehicle, a transmission flush and refill is recommended every two years of 50 thousand kilometres. A routine flush and fill will prevent internal hydraulic components from clogging, protect inner seals and reduce the likelihood of transmission fluid leaks. And unlike a fluid change, a flush removes all the old and tried fluid and debris from your transmission.
The state of your transmission fluid will have a direct effect on the longevity of your transmission. Over time, the colour of your transmission fluid will change from a bright cherry red or translucent to a dark brown and even black. The colour of the fluid is a good indicator of the health of your transmission.
BRIGHT CHERRY RED OR TRANSLUCENT
Bright, cherry red or translucent transmission fluid is healthy fluid. The fluid in your transmission performs three vital functions. First, lubricate and protect transmission components. Second, to draw away heat and third, to help the transmission shift gears. So it makes sense that your transmission fluid should always be cherry red or translucent.
LIGHT BROWN OR ORANGE
As the fluid in your transmission begins to degrade, it changes colour. Stage one is a change from bright cherry red or translucent to light brown or orange. The fluid is still acceptable if translucent, though a flush and fill would be recommended down the road.
DARK BROWN OR BLACK
Fluid that is dark brown or black must be changed immediately. Transmission fluid changes colour when oxidized, losing its viscosity. The fluid becomes opaque and can no longer protect the transmission from wear, tear, and heat. At this point, the transmission will start to have problems shifting through the gear cycle. Complete transmission failure is inevitable.
PINK AND/OR FROTHY FLUID
Transmission fluid that is pink or frothing has been diluted by engine coolant. This suggests a serious issue between the cooling system and the transmission. Stop driving the vehicle immediately and arrange a tow to your nearest transmission shop or garage.
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