What are signs that my transmission fluid is low?

What are signs that my transmission fluid is low?


Transmission fluid supplies both hydraulic pressure and lubrication, making it a vital substance in the operation of your transmission. If you're driving with low transmission fluid, an assortment of problems could emerge. When you first suspect a transmission issue, you'll want to be proactive about getting to the shop. If you delay, the problem could quickly worsen and then necessitate repairs that are more expensive than should've been necessary. At Desertmotive, our local mechanics provide expert transmission service. Come and see us when you need transmission repair or maintenance.

Signs of Low Transmission Fluid

With low transmission fluid, you may notice delayed shifting, with the delays being caused by inadequate fluid pressure. These delays could occur for a few seconds, making it difficult to gain speed for merging or passing. Also, when transmission fluid gets low, your vehicle may not go into/stay in certain gears. This creates a safety issue because you don't have total control over your car's operation. And if there is grinding during the shifting process, then you could be driving with low transmission fluid. However, grinding could also be due to other types of transmission trouble.

A clear-cut way to get a sense of whether your transmission fluid is low is to simply check it. It's a good idea to check transmission fluid on a monthly basis so you're more likely to become aware if transmission trouble is brewing. Generally, transmission fluid should be checked with the engine still on. Transmission fluid tends to contract when it cools. So if you check it with your engine cold, then you could get an inaccurate reading on how much fluid you're actually operating with. If the reading on your transmission dipsticks indicates that the fluid level is particularly low, then a leak may be present. Transmission fluid leaks need to be taken care of ASAP so that major transmission problems don't have the opportunity to emerge.

Transmission Service in Scottsdale, AZ

When you need transmission service in Scottsdale, contact Desertmotive at (480) 443-2600. At our local auto shop, we can expertly address any of your vehicle's repair or maintenance needs. Feel free to give us a call today to make an appointment!


Desertmotive Blog
Posted: August 25, 2021

Written and Published By MORBiZ