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 Marietta, 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

6 Months Special Financing Available!

No interest if paid in full within 6 mos. on your auto maintenance and repair purchases of $199 or more.


This is CREDIT CARD OFFER. Interest will be charged to your account from the purchase date if the promotional purchase is not paid in full within 6 mos. Minimum monthly payments required. Gas station purchases are not eligible for promotional financing. See dealer for details.

EXPIRES: 11/02/2020
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 November 2, 2020.

EXPIRES: 11/02/2020
Complete Car Care Package
Complete Car Care Package from $199.95 (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 November 2, 2020.

EXPIRES: 11/02/2020
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