Understanding the Importance of Transmission Fluid

While transmission fluid may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of your car’s health, in truth, it is a vital component in the smooth operation of every vehicle. Whether you drive a manual or automatic, the transmission fluid is indispensable in ensuring smooth gear shifts and optimising the longevity of the transmission system. 

Serving as both a lubricant and a coolant, car transmission fluid minimises friction between the moving parts inside the transmission and aids in regulating the transmission’s temperature, preventing it from overheating. 

A vehicle running on deteriorated transmission fluid can experience sluggish gear shifts, increased wear and even transmission failure.

What is the transmission in a car?

The transmission system in a vehicle serves a pivotal role in directing power from the engine and translating it into movement. By seamlessly shifting between gears, the transmission ensures that the engine operates within an optimal range of speeds, allowing for efficient fuel consumption and power delivery.

The gears, controlled by the transmission, ensure a smooth and responsive driving experience. Because of this, transmission fluid serves as the lifeblood of this intricate system.

Does my transmission fluid need changing?

Over time, as your vehicle faces wear and tear, the transmission fluid will start showing signs that it needs to be changed. Notably, if the fluid takes on a burnt smell or turns from its typical reddish hue to a dark brown or black, it’s an indication that it’s no longer providing the lubrication and cooling the transmission needs. 

Additionally, if you experience issues like erratic shifting, slipping gears, unexplained grinding noises or delays in movement after shifting, these might be symptomatic of transmission fluid that needs to be changed. Regularly checking and changing the fluid when these signs appear can prevent more severe transmission problems in the future.

How to check transmission fluid

Checking your transmission fluid is a straightforward task that every vehicle owner should be familiar with. The first thing you should do to check transmission fluid level and quality is make sure your car is on level ground. Start the engine and let it run for a few minutes to warm up. This is crucial, as you may not get accurate readings if the engine is off.

With the engine running, carefully open the hood and locate the transmission dipstick. Pull out the dipstick, wipe it clean with a lint-free rag, reinsert it fully, and then pull it out again to check the level.

Some modern vehicles have a transmission dipstick which is much harder to access. If you have any trouble, the friendly team at Highfields Mechanical are happy to assist you.

What to do when your car leaks transmission fluid

Discovering a transmission fluid leak can be unsettling, and immediate action by a professional is crucial to prevent further complications. The experienced team at Highfields Mechanical possesses the expertise to accurately diagnose and repair transmission leaks, ensuring your vehicle remains in peak condition. 

Trust the Experts at Highfields Mechanical

Understanding your vehicle’s transmission fluid and its crucial role is vital for the longevity and performance of your car. Whether you’re concerned about potential leaks, considering a fluid change, or simply seeking advice, the professional team at Highfields Mechanical is always ready to help.If you’re facing any issues with your vehicle, don’t hesitate to reach out. Our team is committed to ensuring your vehicle runs smoothly and safely.

Contact us today on (07) 4696 7116 or complete our contact form for our trusted expertise and your complete peace of mind.