Leaks are probably one of the easiest ways to identify that your transmission
needs attention. Automatic transmission fluid is vital to your car's shifting
capabilities, so a little fluid on your driveway can quickly turn into a major
problem if not taken care of. Automatic transmission fluid is bright red, clear
and a little clean-smelling when everything's working correctly. When you check
your automatic transmission fluid, make sure it's not a dark color and that it
doesn't have a burnt smell. If it is, you'll need to bring it to us for a free
Identifying a Transmission Leak: Unlike your car's motor oil, the
transmission doesn't really consume or burn up any fluid during use, so if you
notice you're running low on fluid, then it's definitely leaking from somewhere.
If you have a manual transmission, checking the fluid levels may not be as easy
as simply lifting the hood and reading a dipstick. Manual transmission fluid has
to be checked right at the transmission case, usually through the fill plug.
Again, if you suspect you've a transmission leak, bring it to us and we will
check your transmission for a leak at no charge to you. We recommend that
your transmission be checked and serviced once a year, we not only check for
leaks at that time but a yearly service will help to prevent transmission
problems down the road. You should also have your transmission checked for leaks
when you have your engine oil changed, as the vehicle is on a lift and small
leaks can be detected before you see the fluid on the ground. A
transmission leak is the main cause of transmission failure.