What Color Is Transmission Fluid?

Mechanic pouring red transmission fluid

Many vehicle fluids have been dyed for easy identification, and transmission fluid is no exception. Newer transmission fluid is a translucent dark red color, but over time, it will become even darker through use. Learn more about this important fluid with Marietta Toyota, and if you ever notice it pooling beneath your vehicle, don’t hesitate to schedule service!



Transmission Fluid Color Guide

Transmission fluid naturally takes on a darker, deeper color as you drive, but in some cases, it’s appearance will be a sign that you require service. Here are the signs you should look for:

  • If your transmission fluid is a dark, translucent red, it’s either new or like-new. As long as you haven’t leaked too much of the fluid, you’re good to go!
  • Once it’s spent a few months or years in your vehicle, it will start to take on a darker, brick red color. This is normal, and you have nothing to worry about.
  • If your transmission fluid is blood red or rust red in color, then you should schedule service in the near future.
  • If your transmission fluid appears burnt or near-black in color, then you should take your vehicle directly to the nearest Marietta service center.

Red Fluid Leaking From Car

Red fluid leaking from your car is almost always transmission fluid. Although this makes it easy to identify the problem, there are a few other things you should consider when assessing the issue:

  • Location: Transmission fluid will generally leak from the front of the car, toward the middle. If the leak is coming from elsewhere, you might be dealing with another fluid that has been discolored by rust.
  • Odor: New or gently used transmission fluid will usually smell like petroleum. If you notice a burnt smell, there’s a good chance that it needs to be changed immediately.
  • Consistency: Transmission fluid is fairly viscous, and it will look and feel oily. If it’s taken on a different consistency, then you might be dealing with a deeper issue or some sort of fluid contamination.

Know the Signs of Transmission Problems

  • Your transmission is one of the most complex components in your vehicle. When it needs to be serviced, make sure you take it to a trained and certified technician. Only use the recommended transmission fluid, and make sure all repairs are carried out with genuine OEM parts.
  • If you have a question about a transmission problem that you’re facing, start by consulting your vehicle’s owner’s manual. If you can’t find the answer right away, call an expert at Marietta Toyota who will talk through the problem with you.
  • When all else fails, regularly scheduled service can help you catch the worst problems before they cause an accident or ruin your vehicle for good. Make sure to keep up with your vehicle’s recommended maintenance schedule.

Service Your Vehicle with Marietta Toyota

When you’re in need of Toyota service near Smyrna, come to Marietta Toyota to get the help you need! If you have questions like, “Are car wash add-ons are worth it?” or, “What color is transmission fluid,” we are here to help! We’ve made it easy to schedule service online, and when you take advantage of our rotating service specials, you can save big on the maintenance, repairs, or parts you need most. You’ll even be able to enjoy a wide variety of amenities while you’re here!

Explore Marietta Toyota Service Specials

Complete Car Care Package
Complete Car Care Package from $209.95 (Bundled Savings)

Service Includes:

  1. Conventional Oil & Filter Change
  2. Tire Rotation
  3. Replace Front Wiper Blades
  4. Replace Cabin Filter
  5. Replace Engine Air Filter
  6. Fuel & Oil Additive

Our most popular maintenance services bundled into one Complete Care Package with More Savings for you! Marietta Toyota’s Complete Car Care Package will ensure that your vehicle is road trip ready, and included a Conventional Oil & Filter Change, Tire Rotation, Front Wiper Blades (*Rear Wiper Blades additional fee), Engine Air Filter Replacement, plus a Fuel & Oil Additive to keep your Toyota in tip-top condition!  Save MORE when you choose this bundled service deal!

*Synthetic 0W20 Oil 4 cyl $219.95 / V6 $229.95 / V8 $239.95. Rear Wiper Blade(s) Additional Fee. For Toyota Models Only. This offer cannot be combined with any other offers, coupons or discount. One coupon per customer. No cash value. Fees, tax and shop supplies not included. Ends February 1, 2022.

EXPIRES: 02/01/2022
Complimentary Visual Brake Inspection
Your safety is our priority! Let us check your brakes for wear.

If you’re in need of a brake service and inspection, look no further than Marietta Toyota Service Center, where we offer free brake inspections. Bring your vehicle in and our tire and auto service professionals will perform a free brake inspection service that includes:

  • Visual Inspection of front and rear brake pad wear
  • Visual Inspection of rotor wear
  • Visual Inspection of drum wear
  • Brake fluid Inspection
  • Parking/emergency brake inspection

During your complimentary inspection, we’ll determine whether your vehicle needs any further brake service, such as:

  • Installation of new brake pads or shoes
  • Resurfacing or replacement of brake rotors or drums
  • Brake fluid exchange
  • Brake bleeding
  • Replacement of brake lines, hoses, or other brake components

Factory brake pads on your Toyota are made to withstand friction and heat every time you drive. As with all parts that are under stress, brake pads will wear out over time. You might notice they aren’t gripping like they should or are noisy. If so, it’s time to replace them with genuine OEM Toyota brake pads. Cheap, imitation parts can be an expensive safety hazard, so don’t take chances.

OEM Toyota brake pads are made from the finest materials and will wear as long as the factory pads. Cheap materials break down faster. OEM Toyota brake pads are made to fit, so they will give you the grip you need when you press the brakes. When you buy your OEM Toyota brake parts from us, you get genuine Toyota parts that are made to meet factory standards!

*For Toyota Models Only. This offer cannot be combined with any other offers, coupons or discount. One coupon per customer. No cash value. Fees, tax and shop supplies not included. Ends February 1, 2022.

EXPIRES: 02/01/2022
Brake Service Special $229.95 per axle
Replace Disc Brake Pads and Re-Surface Rotors.

Brake pads are major parts of your vehicle’s braking system and keeping them in working condition is crucial for the safety of both you and other drivers around you. On average, brake pads should be replaced every 40,000 to 50,000 miles, but that number can differ depending on driving conditions and styles. The good news is, you’ll likely experience minor symptoms when your brake pads are getting towards their end of life, making diagnosis and repairs easy.

Here are 6 common signs it’s time to replace your brake pads.

  • Squeaking or Squealing Coming From Brakes.
  • Grinding Sound When Braking
  • Vibration When Braking
  • Taking Longer To Stop
  • Brake (or ABS) Indicator Light Comes On
  • Your Brake Pads Appear To Be Thin

Toyota Genuine Brakes
Your brakes are one of the most important parts of your car-so why take chances on rebuilt or inferior brake products? Only Toyota genuine brake components are designed specifically for your car, and built to the same high standards as your original parts. From brake pads to calipers, rotors, drums and shoes, Toyota genuine brake components help provide maximum safety and durability.

*For Toyota Models Only. This offer cannot be combined with any other offers, coupons or discount. One coupon per customer. No cash value. Fees, tax and shop supplies not included. Ends Feb 1, 2022.

EXPIRES: 02/01/2022
Interior Sanitizer Service
Interior Sanitizer $59.95

Service Includes:

  1. Sanitizes your heating and air conditioning system
  2. Helps eliminate odors and bacteria through your vehicle interior
  3. Helps trap allergy causing dust and pollen particles

Spring is here! While the exterior of your car may be covered in pollen, the air inside your car should be clean! This service will eliminate those really tough odors such as cigar/cigarette smoke, excessive body odor, leftover food, pet odors, musty smells from wet carpets and even nasty smelling air vents-quickly and easily. (This product is PPE-Free).

* For Toyota Models Only. Must present coupon at time of purchase. This offer can not be combined with any other offers, coupons or discount. One coupon per customer. No cash value. Fees, tax and shop supplies not included. Ends February 1, 2022.

EXPIRES: 02/01/2022
"GOOD" Genuine Toyota True-2 Battery with 60 Month Limited Warranty
True-2 Battery starting at $99.95 + installation, tax, and fees.

To strike a balance between quality and price, choose the True-2.

Genuine Toyota True-2 Battery includes:

  • competitive 60 Month Limited Warranty!
  • with 18 Month FREE Replacement!
  • Built to Top-Industry Standards.
  • High Vibrations resistance.
  • “GOOD” Choice for our price-conscious customers.
  • A Genuine Toyota Battery representing quality, durability, and reliability.

Keep your Toyota Running Right by only Using Genuine Toyota Replacement Parts! If you need to replace your battery, this Genuine Toyota True-2 Battery is built specifically for your Toyota and to surpass industry standards, comes with 60 month (5 year) Limited Warranty and an 18 month FREE replacement period.

With Exchange of Old Battery, Excludes Installation. Does NOT apply to Hybrid or Stop/Start Batteries. Must present Coupon at time of purchase. This offer can not be combined with any other offers, coupons or discounts. 1 coupon per customer. No Cash value. Installation, Fees, Tax and Shop Supplies not included. Ends February 1, 2022.

EXPIRES: 02/01/2022
"BETTER" Genuine Toyota TrueStart Battery with 84-Month Limited Warranty
TrueStart Battery starting at $129.95 + installation, tax, and fees.

Why your Battery should be a TrueStart Battery:

  • Meets or exceeds Toyota specifications for all vehicles.
  • Matrix Radial Grids to help your battery meet today’s high current starting demands.
  • The right balance of Cold Cranking Amps and Reserve Capacity to provide power and cranking ability time after time.
  • A patented lead alloy feature that reduces corrosion of lead parts and extends the life of your battery.
  • A Negative Plate Paste Expander that reduces damage caused by high under-hood temperatures or extreme heat.

Genuine Toyota TrueStart Battery includes:

  • Exceptional 84 Month Limited Warranty
  • with 24 Month of Roadside Assistance.

Keep your Toyota Running Right by only Using Genuine Toyota Replacement Parts! If you need to replace your battery, this Genuine Toyota TrueStart Battery includes an exceptional 84 month warranty with a 24 month FREE replacement period with Roadside Assistance!

With Exchange of Old Battery, Excludes Installation. Does NOT apply to Hybrid or Stop/Start Batteries. Must present coupon at time of purchase. This offer cannot be combined with any other offers, coupons or discounts. 1 coupon per customer. No cash value. Installation, fees, tax and shop supplies not included. Ends February 1, 2022.

EXPIRES: 02/01/2022
"BEST" Genuine Toyota TrueStart Battery with Limited Lifetime Warranty
TrueStart Battery (w/ LLW) starting at $199.95 + installation, tax, and fees.

Genuine Toyota TrueStart Battery with Limited Lifetime Warranty includes:

  • Meets or Exceeds Toyota specifications for your vehicle.
  • Includes 24 Months of Roadside Assistance.
  • Covers 100% of parts & service
  • Begins on the date that Battery is purchased.

Keep your Toyota Running Right by only Using Genuine Toyota Replacement Parts! If you need to replace your battery, this Genuine Toyota TrueStart Battery includes an exceptional Limited Lifetime Warranty with a 24 months of Roadside Assistance!

With Exchange of Old Battery, Excludes Installation. Does NOT apply to Hybrid or Stop/Start Batteries. Must present Coupon at time of purchase. This offer can not be combined with any other offers, coupons or discounts. 1 coupon per customer. No Cash value. Fees, Tax & Shop Supplies not included. Ends February 1, 2022.

EXPIRES: 02/01/2022
Get Ready for Winter! -- Coolant Service
Coolant Service $149.95

Service Includes:

  1. Flush Cooling System with premixed extended life coolant
  2. Check Battery and Charging System
  3. Check Tire Pressure and condition
  4. Visual Inspection of belts and hoses
  5. Check Head Lights
  6. Check Spare
  7. Visual Check of Brakes and Suspension

Are you ready for Winter Weather? Most of us know we need to check the oil level in our vehicles on a regular basis, but many of us forget to check our antifreeze. With the summer heat almost upon us, be sure to have both the level and the condition of your antifreeze checked. Cooling system failure is one of the most frequent causes of engine-related breakdowns (right behind not maintaining oil level), and the resulting repairs can be extremely costly. The correct combination of water, antifreeze and coolant additives is essential for your engine to operate at the correct temperature.

* For Toyota Models Only. Must present coupon at time of purchase. This offer can not be combined with any other offers, coupons or discount. One coupon per customer. No cash value. Fees, tax and shop supplies not included. Ends February 1, 2022.

EXPIRES: 02/01/2022
Tires Savings Event - Save $100 on a set of 4 Tires

Treat your Toyota this shopping season!

Save $100 off a set of four OEM replacement Tires!

Shop online at https://bit.ly/Marietta_Toyota_Tire_Sale

Restrictions apply. See dealer for details. Offer valid for $100 off a set of four eligible OEM replacement tires only. Tires must be dealer installed by February 3, 2022. Excludes mounting and balancing, sales tax, shop supplies, tire disposal and other applicable taxes. Excludes previous purchases. Toyota and Scion vehicles only. Offer available Jan 15-Feb 1, 2022.

EXPIRES: 02/01/2022
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