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Transmission Trouble Signs: Checking Fluid Level, Color & Smell

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This two-minute video shows you how to check your auto transmission fluid, and provides details about how fluid level, color and smell can signal potential trouble with your transmission. Tim Schmidbauer, is the owner and transmission expert at TNS Transmissions LLC, 6115 South 108th Street, Hales Corners, Wisconsin 53130, (414) 858-1188, Southeast Wisconsin's premier transmission service and repair company. For more information visit their website at http://www.TNStransmissions.com. Subscribe to our channel for more informative videos.
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Serpentaria (23 days ago)
I have 97 Chevy Monte Carlo, 150k miles on it, runs fine but fluid has never been changed once. It's dark brown, change or not to change? If it ain't broke, why fix?
VintageVideos2009 (22 days ago)
Hi Serpentaria, thanks for the question. Of course, regular maintenance is generally always preferred for long-term reliability. Not changing your transmission fluid is similar to not changing your engine oil. Will it start and run OK - sure, until one day when it may suffer a more catastrophic problem, requiring a couple thousand dollars for a new replacement. If you drove your vehicle into our shop, we would recommend a transmission fluid and filter change. However, some people prefer to roll the dice, and if you have limited driving, you may be OK, even with a vehicle that is over 20 years old. We sincerely hope you are able to keep your vehicle on the road.
Jason Nolan (1 month ago)
Okay thank you for the tip the transmission was a quart low making a loud grinding noise after about 6 miles driving only does it when I'm at a stop goes away when I start to get over 10 miles hour
VintageVideos2009 (1 month ago)
Hi Jason, when is the last time you had all of the transmission fluid drained and replaced along with a new filter replacement? Running your transmission a quart low, may have been the issue? Regular maintenance could provide improvement, as long as the system has suffered any long-term damage. Thanks.
Jason Nolan (1 month ago)
How do I f****** tell if my torque converter is bad
VintageVideos2009 (1 month ago)
Hi Jason, this is a bit tricky to identify because a bad torque converter occurs with overheating, slipping, shuddering, dirty fluid, high stall speeds, and/or unusual noises. However, some of these same symptoms could be from other problems as well. If you are experiencing these issues, and you are able to make it to a professional shop, they should be able to diagnose your problem pretty quickly. Thanks for watching and sharing your question.
nacha laica (2 months ago)
My transmission oil has bubbles on the dipstick when i check...
nacha laica (2 months ago)
+VintageVideos2009 thank you for answer
VintageVideos2009 (2 months ago)
+nacha laica OK, knowing you just changed the fluid a couple things come to mind. First, a slight foaming problem can be due to too much fluid in the system. To check, make sure you park on a level surface with the engine warmed and running, have the transmission in "Park" and check the level. If it's too high, you'll have to drain some. Second, it may just be a result of the mixing of the new fluids within the transmission - so after another week or two of driving it the air bubbles should disappear. If the foaming continues, it would be wise to drain some fluid from the system to achieve the proper level. Long-term foaming inside the transmission can be harmful, as the air does not lubricate or cool the system. If the level is good and the bubbles are few, it probably won't cause you any problems, but if the foaming is significant you'll need to resolve the issue. Thanks for the great question and best of luck with the vehicle.
nacha laica (2 months ago)
+VintageVideos2009 i changed the fluid and filter 2 weeks ago, color was redish or pinkish before i changed it, car is a 98 toyota camry v6, the transmission dipstick fluid has bubbles which suprised me
VintageVideos2009 (2 months ago)
Hi Nacha, thanks for watching and sharing your question. Can we ask, what is the rest of the condition of the fluid, is it still a nice red color, or is it brown or black as well?
Pablo Pires (3 months ago)
I jist but a ford fusion 2010 v6 awd and on my first revision of the car the transmission oil was low its a 8L sistem but it had only 6.5L and was really dark ... here its a small town and there is no place to do the full change of the transmission oil so what am doing is using gravity to let it 4L out and put it back the same amounth of new lv transmission oil I did twice intul now the oil color got a little bit better to lite brown ... I'll do it again monday ... should I be worried ?
VintageVideos2009 (3 months ago)
+Pablo Pires OK, you may be OK, even though our shop would urge a full fluid and filter change. If you experience any further issues, you should find a shop to conduct a thorough inspection. Also, we would recommend you complete a full filter and filter change at the next possible opportunity. Thanks for watching our video and sharing your questions and comments with us.
Pablo Pires (3 months ago)
+VintageVideos2009 none shifitng problems ... only a little hard shitf rear gear when the car its cold like one the first drive of the day beside that smooth and like said I little nose when i step on the trhoutle but realy realy low u almost cant hear it that the manual of the car said its normal its from the awd system...and the only way I was able to do some oil change was open on the botton and let the oil out but only comes out 4 L when i end up haven to mix 4 new L of mercon lv with 4 old L the stay behind inside of the awd box I dont know much times I'll have to mix 4 L new whit 4 L behind to get a better oil consistent inside the transmission
VintageVideos2009 (3 months ago)
+Pablo Pires Well, if you don't have the parts or opportunity to replace the transmission filter, it would be best to drain as much as possible from the transmission system, and then refill it with new transmission fluid. That way, you are not mixing the older fluid with new fluid. It should enable your vehicle to continue. If you are experiencing extra noise, or shifting trouble, you may need a better diagnosis and an issue that needs to be fixed, rather than just a fluid change. Changing fluid on a regular maintenance interval, and making sure your fluid is at the proper level are the two easiest ways to properly maintain all transmissions.
Pablo Pires (3 months ago)
+VintageVideos2009 I know that i should change all the oil and the filter but the problem is that i live in a small town in brazil far from a big city and here nobody knows shit about this awd sistem and no even got the machines to do the right job ....so im doing what told u to see if i can at less minimize any problem with the awd box and transmission I dont feel nothing wrong with it just some clanc noises really low the car manual say it normal ... I dont know if it is
VintageVideos2009 (3 months ago)
Hi Pablo, we would recommend a complete transmission fluid change, along with removing and replacing the transmission filter as well. By partially draining the transmission fluid with the procedure you are using in your description above, you are still leaving behind some of the small particles that are trapped inside the transmission filter. Some people will only drain their engine oil (and not change the oil filter to save money and time) however, it is more beneficial for the vehicle to change both the fluid and the filter at the same time. Good luck and thanks for sharing your question with us.
Mark Foreman (4 months ago)
What could it be causing it to turn black the transmission fluid
VintageVideos2009 (4 months ago)
Hi Mark, thanks for the question. The transmission fluid will darken over time as contaminants leach into the system and the fluid. The typical "cherry soda" red color turns brown, then becomes black. Also over time, old (black) transmission fluid loses it's original lubrication and viscosity, diminishing the ability to fight friction. This tends to raise the operating temperature within your transmission, and can lead to more significant damage or even transmission failure due to overheating. Transmission fluid, much like oil fluid in the engine, should be changed at regular intervals to ensure the vehicle is properly lubricated. I hope that answers your question. Again, thanks for watching!
t_from_da_LB Galarga (7 months ago)
Fix my transmission and I'll subscribe 👌
t_from_da_LB Galarga (7 months ago)
VintageVideos2009 okay thanks for the help
VintageVideos2009 (7 months ago)
Perhaps you want to start with a transmission flush, a new filter, and drop the pan off and see if there is anything significant that may be damaged or out of the norm. If nothing is out of the ordinary, see if the transmission flush and new filter may remedy your problem. It's minimal time, minimal cost, and may work. Otherwise you'll have to determine if an overhaul or a replacement is the best course of action, based on price and longevity.
t_from_da_LB Galarga (7 months ago)
VintageVideos2009 thanks I will do. Maybe I should do a full rebuild. Do you recommend dealer parts or local auto part store?
VintageVideos2009 (7 months ago)
Hi Elver, here's our advice from our transmission pro: Something is coming apart internally and clogging the filter which is why it stops moving. When you shut it off all the contaminants will fall to bottom of pan and repeat the cycle . You would have to pull the pan and inspect it, and look for anything obviously wrong. Good luck, hope that helps.
t_from_da_LB Galarga (7 months ago)
VintageVideos2009 1996 Lincoln Town Car I drive the car and soon as it warms up it won't drive and makes a spinning noise like a winding sound. I hit the gas and won't drive. I turn it off and on then it'll drive under 25 mph. I can smell oil burning and the transmission oil is black.
samdroidva (8 months ago)
I have a 2000 Caravan. The Transmission coolant hose came off from where it was connected to the transmission. I lost all fluid while driving 60 mph. Soon I could smell the transmission burning and by the time I pulled over it was smoking. The car Van wouldn't do anything but Rev up while in drive. My question is would it be worth filling the transmission back up to see if it'll work again?
samdroidva (8 months ago)
VintageVideos2009 thank you for your help. I'm going to Craigslist for $300. The junkyard was going to give me $150.
VintageVideos2009 (8 months ago)
Wow, that is fabulous news. I'm not sure what the Blue Book value is for a 2000 Caravan, but beyond the miles, you will have to assess the body condition, the tires, any mechanical issues, etc before you can place a value on the vehicle. I would encourage you to go on Kelley Blue Book and input your data. Thank you very much for sharing your experience and how you were able to drive the vehicle once again. Here in southeastern Wisconsin, a minivan sold as scrap sells for about $200. A vehicle that drives and is in fair condition, generally sells for $500- $1000, however you do have high mileage on your vehicle.
samdroidva (8 months ago)
It worked! I had the vehicle towed to a scrap yard after hours. I saw your response and went to Walmart at around 2 AM got some ATF and a funnel. Reattched the "rubber" transmission hose. I used approximately 4 quarts of transmission fluid. I Let it run through the system and shifted through all gears. Its running! It's a 2000 Caravan, with 302,000 miles on it. How much should I sell it for?
VintageVideos2009 (8 months ago)
On further comment. Just the other day, a customer had a 2006 Pontiac G6, that had a transmission cooler line break free from the radiator. The line was reattached, new transmission fluid was added, and the vehicle is once again driving normally. The customer said his car stopped moving and he pulled over, after traveling 50mph. He did not have a burnt smell however, so his vehicle was stopped prior to any damage. I share this to let you know, your 2000 Caravan may have some hope at least.
VintageVideos2009 (8 months ago)
OK, let me ask you this. Is the hose rubber and a coolant hose possibly, rather than a transmission hose? Generally speaking transmission lines are metal, often steel, or aluminum. However, some transmission lines do have rubber hose sections where the steel lines are difficult to configure. But if it is a transmission line, and you are able to reconnect it securely, without it leaking, you should be able to fill some new transmission fluid. Allow about 5 minutes for the fluid to reach the entire transmission body, slowly shift the transmission through all the gears, while the engine is running. Again, give the vehicle several minutes to allow the new transmission fluid to reach all areas. You may be able to drive it, sometimes in lower gears, but you may get lucky. Again, there is about 50/50 chance that the transmission is able to work properly. Let us know what happened.
Jacob John (10 months ago)
Cherry soda lmaooo
VintageVideos2009 (10 months ago)
HI Jacob John, Um, don't you think that it does resemble cherry soda in color? Just curious, how do you describe it to people who have never pulled a transmission dipstick, or looked at or seen transmission fluid?
Jacob John (10 months ago)
Lmao mechanic he first started to pull dip stick and then forgot he had to start it lol dip with
VintageVideos2009 (10 months ago)
Jacob John, we can assure you the mechanic has over 20 years experience working on transmissions for cars, trucks, boat motors and thousands of hours of knowledge. What he doesn't have decades of experience with, was being in front of a camera, lights and audio mic for the first time, for his company. If you've done it for the first time, my guess is you will find you might forget something you know extremely well. But yes, he realized it before it was too late. It's OK, right, that he shows even the best are not perfect.Thanks for watching and giving us a chance to explain the video even further to help other viewers.
Brandon Browning (11 months ago)
If my transmission is level is to hi will that make it shift hard
VintageVideos2009 (11 months ago)
Hi Brandon, let me see if I read this correctly. Are you asking about the level of your transmission fluid being above the full line on the dipstick? If it's a small amount above the "full" line it should not alter the transmission's performance. However if you have significantly overfilled the transmission, you should remove some of the fluid from the unit, in order to restore the transmission to normal operating conditions. Thanks for watching and sharing your question.
Kristi Allison (1 year ago)
My car isn’t slipping (as of yet), but it seems fine one minute, then the next it gives me trouble accelerating and then it gets stuck in Park. I can then smell a burning smell. Can this be the transmission fluid?? I’m going to check it but I’m just trying to get some ideas of what the issue is. Thanks
VintageVideos2009 (1 year ago)
Hi Kristi, yes, one of the easiest things to check on your transmission is the fluid level. If you watch this 2-minute video, you'll see it's a simple way to make sure you have adequate fluid level and that the color is like a cherry soda. If there is a burnt smell, it may indicate that your transmission has been overheating and that you should have a professional transmission shop take a look at your vehicle. If you let the fluid level get too low, that can also cause overheating, and may lead to transmission failure. Thanks for the excellent comment and good luck with your transmission.
Akoto disisme (1 year ago)
hi body, i need your suggestion , i have transmission problem of my 2003 QX4, the problem was it is suddenly slip off the gear during on my free way speed of 120kph. it was suddenly change the gear to low gear. then the reverse gear is gone. and there is grinding sound too much. i knew that my trany is gone, then i buy another tranny we fix it and it seems like ok and back to normal, but after few days of using again the same thing is happen, im on the free way and i have the maintain speed of 120kph then suddenly again slip off the gear, and i pull over , then i check the reverse is again gone. now i just want to ask you what happen on my 2 trany at the same situation is gone? i have no any error or code error on my obd. no any engine light or A/T light on my dash. please give me some idea what is going on in my QX4. thank you
Patricia jones (1 year ago)
how to find the transmission stick on a 2015 vw passat
VintageVideos2009 (1 year ago)
Hi Patricia, the VW Passat has a sealed transmission, which makes it difficult to check the fluid level, especially when compared to pulling out and checking a conventional transmission fluid dipstick. There are special tools you can obtain to check the fluid, but it is a more complicated process to gain access to the fluid itself. We would recommend that you take your VW to a professional transmission shop, like TNS Transmissions, to have it checked by a qualified transmission technician. Thanks for watching and sharing your question with us.
Mark White (1 year ago)
NICE SHOP
VintageVideos2009 (1 year ago)
Hi Mark, thanks for watching and sharing your comments. We really do love our shop and all of our great customers.
Michael Cornwell (1 year ago)
On my 2007 Chevrolet Avalanche Why is my fluid gray after I just change it back in March and the old fluid was red then but my new fluid had turn gray ?? when I drive my truck it is doing fine ??
VintageVideos2009 (1 year ago)
Hi Michael, thanks for the questions. Here's our expert advice: Something may be coming apart internally either metal or clutch material, and we would suggest you pull the pan again and investigate a bit more. Hope that answers your question. Thanks again, and we invite you to subscribe to our channel.
mr.gaming beast (1 year ago)
Well i have a manual where do i find the level of the fluid
VintageVideos2009 (1 year ago)
Hi XxExcoxX x, thanks for the question. With a manual transmission, there will be a plug level with the axles, you check the level of the fluid and fill from there. When it is full, fluid will trickle out. So, no dipstick to check with the manual transmission. Great question - thanks for bringing it up.
In my manual transmission I have a problem with difficulty ejecting from second gear. What reason can be for this?
VintageVideos2009 (1 year ago)
Hi Sasa, can you specify the year, make and model of your vehicle? And are you indicating that the vehicle cannot easily shift out of 2nd gear or that it has trouble when trying to place it in 2nd gear? Thanks.
paolo camici (1 year ago)
my V6 Mercedes E320 w211 has really a rough n robust tranny and in order om HOW TO damage this unique bit of technology you need to smash it literally with an hammer hittin the almost perfect German dental wheels ! No Wonder Germany have such a well deserved reputation ! The next video will show the damage after banging it for more than 18 minutes Please like n staff..dudes .Idles " mother
Marbert Not sharp (1 year ago)
WHY DOES THE INTRO HAVE TO BE SO DAMN LOUUUUUUUUUUUUD!!!!!!!!
Marbert Not sharp (1 year ago)
VintageVideos2009 thanks for the video by the way.
VintageVideos2009 (1 year ago)
Hi Robert, yes, Tim's a more soft-spoken guy, so the other ambient sounds, like when he starts the car up to check the transmission fluid about :35 seconds into the video, also seem loud. The levels are all below peak on our audio meter, but we admit there is a more pronounced range between the on-camera speaker and our intro. We appreciate your honesty and comments.
Marbert Not sharp (1 year ago)
VintageVideos2009 hey that's all fine and dandy, but when I have headphones in and I have to crank it down for the intro and crank it up to hear the guy talk again, no bueno. Need to level out the audio but keep the shop noises. I think it was just starting honestly, I wasn't expecting it
VintageVideos2009 (1 year ago)
Hi Robert, we were trying to give everyone that "in-the-shop" feeling. You know, those impact wrenches and other power tools can make a lot of noise, but we appreciate your comments and thanks for watching.
Rondo Schiavoni (1 year ago)
Just curious.; My Buick fluid is Cherry red . clean and no burnt smell, But kinda thick in feel . my Question is automatic transmission fluid, viscosity, Dextron VI by GM just how thick is this type fluid when feeling it with fingers on the dipstick in comparison to a motor oils weight should it be something like a 10 weight or 20 weight motor oil by feel?
Rondo Schiavoni (1 year ago)
Thanks for the input about the temperature of the fluid I did not take that into consideration ..
VintageVideos2009 (1 year ago)
Hi Rondo Schiavoni, thanks for the question. Yes, especially if you are feeling the fluid on the dipstick with your fingers it would feel a bit thicker or at least similar to motor oil. Remember, normally the transmission fluid is checked when the vehicle has reached normal operating temperatures. This temperature is too hot to safely handle bare-handed, but even new, cherry colored transmission fluid would appear thinner at these higher operating temperatures. Without actually seeing your fluid, I would guess your fluid is just fine. Thanks for the great question.
Sohail Dhamani (2 years ago)
hi I have skoda Laura 2007 it's done 144000 km suddenly day before I was driving the car it's automatic transmission stopped working the cat does moves it's like in neutral in any mode D or R. can you help me
RAYMOND NATERLIN (2 years ago)
we have one transmission shop in town and i took it there but.... they ran no diagnostics with a scanner / analyzer and just assumed the transmission was failing but really she up shifts and downshifts and does not slip but just seems to be giving the selenoids bad data to me. i cant check sensors with my scanner but she is not showing codes. had a selenoid c stuck code but that has not popped up again?
RAYMOND NATERLIN (2 years ago)
i was wondering if my approach might work or if im wasting money but i plan to change the TPS and speed sensor and check the % of throttle. If there is an improvement in the shift points and power i was going to do another service and change the filter and drain and fill and see if she might last six months or a year. im sure the cooked fluid did not do it any good but i didnt drive far. 1996 ford ranger. it shows 18% throttle with the foot off gas.
RAYMOND NATERLIN (2 years ago)
im sure its a bad sign to have burnt fluid but some say the transmission is toast and others say you might save it for awhile if you find the problem and its only electrical and you change the fluid and filter? had a shop do nothing but look at the fluid and offer me a 3000 dollar replacement but the truck still shifts and doesnt slip or make noise and i feel it is electrical sensor issue like the TPS or speed sensor. i did replace half the fluid and put some lube gurard red to hold it over.
VintageVideos2009 (2 years ago)
Hi Raymond, OK, so it sounds like despite burnt fluid your vehicle is still shifting normally. Is that right? If so, you are a very lucky guy and may have saved it with a fluid change before irreparable damage. Long term, you may run into wear issues, but short term, you may be able to manage driving it. However, if you are having shifting issues with your transmission, and had burnt fluid, you may be past the point of simple repairs. A professional and trustworthy transmission shop like TNS Transmissions LLC would be your best bet for an inspection or their professional opinion.
Tiffany Holloway (2 years ago)
I have had my 2003 Ford explorer for 8yrs now I've never found a dipstick to put transmission fuild in and now my truck won't go in reverse how would I know if I need more fuild or a new transmission
VintageVideos2009 (2 years ago)
Hi Tiffany, thanks for the question. This might help you out. There is a 22mm drain plug on the bottom of the pan with a t25 or t30(one of the two) plug in the middle. You take the little plug out to check the fluid while it is running and at operating temperature. It should trickle out, no fluid coming out is low. The fluid should be clean and red, also make sure there are no codes. If the fluid is burnt or has a lot of metal it suggests internal issues. Hope that helps and thanks for watching.
Dominicano y que (2 years ago)
Yeah my 2017 Lexus Gs 350 Transmission fluid is yellow YOU wanna explain pleasE. 😠
Julius Peter (2 years ago)
D gear need much energy to move bur R move easily help please
Julius Peter (2 years ago)
VintageVideos2009 Thanks in advance
VintageVideos2009 (2 years ago)
Hi Julius, the Toyota Corolla from 1993 does not have an electronic transmission, and because it barely moves in DRIVE, and without inspecting the vehicle, it likely has an internal issue and must be rebuilt. Because of the age of the vehicle, and not knowing the mileage or other wear on components, rebuilding the transmission may be more than you care to spend on this vehicle. Thanks for the question and we hope you it all works out for you.
Julius Peter (2 years ago)
VintageVideos2009 Engine 1331cc model 1993
VintageVideos2009 (2 years ago)
What is the year and engine size on your Toyota Corolla please?
Julius Peter (2 years ago)
VintageVideos2009 I have poured 2L of ATF but the problem still exist car model Corolla 100..
James Sasse (2 years ago)
I have a 2001 Dodge Caravan. When placing in Drive or Reverse the transmission hesitates before going into gear? Fluid level is normal and fluid good red color. Otherwise it shifts smoothly traveling down the road. No codes. Any idea's? James
VintageVideos2009 (2 years ago)
Hi James, thanks for the question. If the fluid looks good I would drop the pan and look for any abnormal amount of metal/ clutch material and cut the filter open, something could be coming apart and restricting oil to the pump. Solenoid pack issues are really common on your vehicle make/model too. If everything looks good it may have a pressure issue internally with a piston, drum, etc and would require a professional inspection from a shop like http://www.TNStransmissions.com. Hope this gives you some ideas to help resolve your problem.
wilbur samarita (2 years ago)
I have a Mitsubishi lancer, it experienced running and having the transmission fluid empty and it suddenly stops, I refill the fluid but now even when I put it on shift to drive it wont move, really need your help what should I do or check thank you
VintageVideos2009 (2 years ago)
When a transmission runs dry it may be caused by a significant break in a drive component or perhaps a failure of a transmission cooler line. Are you able to determine where all the transmission fluid has leaked out? Is the transmission fluid still leaking out (is there a puddle of red colored fluid under the vehicle?). If there is no leak, you can try to move your gear shift through drive, reverse, neutral, in an effort to allow the fluid to work back into the transmission. However, if you operated the vehicle with no fluid in transmission, you may have damaged some internal components and your vehicle will need a better diagnosis at a transmission shop. Hope this helps.
coolshariq (2 years ago)
It does not look clear red color to me.
VintageVideos2009 (2 years ago)
Hi Lloyd, thanks for the question. We recommend that you make sure the fluid level is good for starters. If the fluid is OK, maybe drop the pan and inspect the filter to make sure it is installed correctly. Another ideas is that It could be an internal leak, and you would have to verify that with a pressure gauge and look at line pressure. Finally, have you may also scan for any codes to see if something shows up on a scanner. Hope these ideas help and we invite you subscribe to our channel and become a fan of our Facebook page at TNS Transmissions.
Lloyd Dailey (2 years ago)
I have a question for you if you don't mind ! I have a 99 Chevy blazer 4x4, 4.3 and the transmission fluid looks like it came right out of the bottle and has a new smell to it ! what I like to know is why it take like a second or so before the transmission to take a hold once you drop it in gear ? there is no slipping at all ! thanks for your reply ! have a nice day !
VintageVideos2009 (2 years ago)
Coolshariq, thanks for your comment. For a comparison of the fluid on the dipstick, see the video at 1:07...new transmission fluid or fluid that does not need replacement should look like cherry soda. Vehicle owners are urged to change the fluid if the color is brown, black or has a burnt odor. Thanks again for watching and sharing your thoughts.
Jorge Caldas (2 years ago)
Hi I have a Honda Accord 95 and I still don't know exactly how to check the transmission fluid level. If the engine is running and the temperature accurate, where must be the level? Upper or down of the dipistik mark? Tanks.
VintageVideos2009 (2 years ago)
Hi Jorge, thanks for the questions. For Honda transmissions, the fluid must be at operating temperature and the engine has to be OFF - Only Hondas you must check with the engine off! The level should be in between the 2 marks. Hope this helps, and we invite you subscribe to our channel for more "how to" videos.
obxguy1 (2 years ago)
Great Video! On a 04 Honda Civic with 183k miles, No transmission problems at all.would you recommend draining the fluid and replacing with new fluid or just leave it alone?
Eli Van (1 month ago)
obxguy1 yes yes that tranny needs more changes because you can not change the filter with out taking the tranny out
VintageVideos2009 (2 years ago)
Given that on all Hondas, the filters are internal and non serviceable, the Hondas are somewhat unique. You can put an inline filter in the cooler return line from the radiator to the transmission. This is just added protection, really not needed though . And it wouldn't hurt to change the fluid but you must put in Honda DW1 fluid from the dealer. Anything else can cause the transmission to have issues . It is just a drain and fill usually takes 3-4 quarts on Hondas.
obxguy1 (2 years ago)
Thank you very much for your fast reply... 183k, never been changed (I know, That's on me).Fluid has a very faint reddish tint to it, but not certain what burnt fluid smells like. Also, any thoughts on installing an inline transmission filter, since the civics is unserviceable (too deep to get to)??
VintageVideos2009 (2 years ago)
Hi obxguy1, your question begs a few of our own questions...namely, do you know when it was last changed and the filter? What's the condition of the trans fluid - does it look like cherry soda, or is it brown/black or smell burnt? If the color is still good, and no burnt odor, it's very likely your transmission is operating normally, which matches the car's performance. We follow the standards, which suggest that at every 30K miles the fluid and filter are changed. You know, it's like going to the doctor for a physical exam...you might seem fine, but maybe they discover something you had no idea was going on. The Honda Civic has a reputation for longevity, so it sounds like you have a great machine. Thanks again for watching and sharing your comments.
Marlon Hasty (2 years ago)
I have a 06 impala and it shifts good but on the take off it seems to no catch sometimes..
VintageVideos2009 (2 years ago)
OK, is the fluid level correct, and has good color and quality? Also, has the transmission filter been replaced in the last 30k miles?
Francisco Acevedo (2 years ago)
I HAVE A 98 JEEP CHEROKEE 4.0 LITER MY TRANSMISSION WAS REPAIR ABOUT 6 MONTHS AGO BUT NOW IT'S NOT SHIFTING, DID A SCANNER CHECK IT AND IT SAID IT WAS THE SENSOR,,I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF IT THAT??? AND WHERE CAN I FIND THIS SPEED SENSOR THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS YOU
LMRS TKS (2 years ago)
hi I have a 1994 Ford f250 xlt 7.5 L it just started leaking transmission oil what can the cause of that ?
VintageVideos2009 (2 years ago)
Hi LUIS, thanks for the question. Transmission leaks can occur from many different places, however a more common area is by the the gasket on your transmission pan or the transmission pan drain plug may become a little loose resulting in some leaks. Older vehicles, like your 1994 Ford, could possibly also have a rusty transmission cooler line, frequently located closer to the radiator area and in front of the transmission housing. A professional shop like http://www.TNSTransmissions.com will quickly locate and repair your leak and fully inspect your transmission for other wear issues. Thanks again for the question and we invite you to subscribe to our channel.
Miss Jade Patrice (2 years ago)
I have a 2003 GMC envoy. Its revving but not going as fast as normal. is this due to low transmission fluid? It is also making a loud fan whurring noise its never made normally
homeboy703 (2 years ago)
hi, I got a 07 maxima, and at the light/stop sign, when apply gas it just rev, would have to turn car off for a moment and restart and it go but rpm is high and move slow? is this a symptom of low fluid?
VintageVideos2009 (2 years ago)
Hi homeboy703, it does not sound like it's strictly a low fluid issue, however, if you watch our video, you should be able to check the fluid level and add more fluid if necessary to reach the proper amount. If you have been driving your Maxima with a very low amount of fluid, you may also notice brown or black fluid and possibly a burnt smell. If this has occurred, we would strongly recommend you have the transmission looked over by a professional shop like TNSTranmissions.com, as some components may have become damaged. You will feel very fortunate if all you need is to add some new trans fluid - as the only issue. Good luck and hope everything turns out for the best.
wut something (2 years ago)
I find the transmission fluid level so hard to check, does it have to have that nice reddish color (or even a wary brown color) all the way up to the hashmarks on the transmission fluid dipstick? I ask because I always seem to have a clear oil reading that goes up to the 'full' hash mark level, with only the bottom part of the transmission dipstick showing the reddish oil clearly. I saw this and at first I went to the auto store immediately to buy trans oil to fill it to the top, but now I am worried that I may have overflowed the transmission fluid..
Covert Person (5 months ago)
smell it and look at the fluid on the dipstick, it must look clear and nothing inside it like small dust or any tiny pieces, use your hands and feel the fluid, should feel smooth
VintageVideos2009 (2 years ago)
First step is to check the fluid level and condition and make sure it is correct. Your tires may be spinning because there is no load on it when the vehicle is off the ground. Without knowing more details, it sounds like it may be an internal issue, and require more in-depth diagnostics.
Bongrabino Deomampo (2 years ago)
I have my car just not moving in gear and diagnostic says no fault but when I lift the car it runs changing the gears according how it supposed to be any help??Thank you
VintageVideos2009 (2 years ago)
Hi Wut something, thanks for the question. Are you checking the fluid level with your vehicle running, after it has reached normal operating temperatures? It would seem that the you may be checking it after the car has been sitting for some time, rather than while the fluid is completely mixed from normal operation? The clear fluid may just be a residual mark prior to running the car? A lighter brown color indicates that your fluid has likely not been changed in a long time (more than 30,000 miles), as the red color typically indicates fluid that is providing the best cooling and lubrication. Hope this helps and we invite you to subscribe to our channel for more auto repair videos.
Arthur Marin (2 years ago)
what kind of transmission fluid does a 1975 Chevy Caprice require ? thanks in advance +vintagevideos2009
VintageVideos2009 (2 years ago)
Hi Arthur, Dexron fluid is commonly used for models during the 1970s, including your Chevy Caprice. We appreciate the question and invite you like, share and subscribe to our channel.
brent peters (2 years ago)
what kind of fluid does a 2012 ford focus titanium use for transmission
brent peters (2 years ago)
ty for your help an my friend has one it wouldnt go in reverse an the transmission overheating warning ford put a new module on it an now it works fine they have alot of problems with this year
VintageVideos2009 (2 years ago)
Hi Brent, For a 2012 Ford Focus Titanium...the correct ATF fluid to use is the Ford Dual Clutch ATF Fluid (Ford Dealership Part # XT-11QDC). Hope that helps! Thanks for watching and sharing your comments.
Bruiser Dave (2 years ago)
what does it mean if it has bubbles?
VintageVideos2009 (2 years ago)
+Bruiser Dave Hi Bruiser Dave, well first of all, make sure your vehicle is parked on a level grade, is stationary, and is at normal operating temperatures. A possible cause for bubbles is that the level of fluid is too high or that you may have an air leak of some kind, possibly a bad seal. Generally speaking, removing transmission fluid can be a bit difficult. You may want to have the transmission serviced, including a fluid and filter change, with the proper amount of fluid added. The service tech can also identify if a seal is defective. The formation of bubbles will reduce the performance, lubricating and cooling qualities of the transmission fluid, and could result in more significant damage. Thanks for watching our video and sharing your question.
Justin P (3 years ago)
Transmssion fluid gets old and contaminated ... If it's brown, doesn't always mean the Tranny is bad
Alex Aguirre (5 months ago)
what if the oil is alittle dark and it kicks a little when it changes gear??
David James (6 months ago)
Justin P consider opening up the hood when you come home after a long drive on a hot day. The natural flow of the heat up and out of the engine bay will help keep the fluids from baking into the components of the drivetrain.
David James (5 months ago)
Justin P most important step in keeping the transmission running is to maintain the proper ph of the fluid. How? By not using "universal" fluids. Example: if your pre2008 GM car requires dexron III, make sure to replace it with dexron vi. Why? It's what the guys who designed and built the car recommend. It provides better cold shifts, and protects the clutch plates much better. Clean fluid with its protection additives keeps the delicate moving components of the valve body clean and free of contaminants. I recommend a 1x1x1/4 neodmndym magnet in the pan too as the suspended metals can damage and wear the internal orings.
living in a desert (11 months ago)
Justin P. I live in Arizona too. Mesa/ apache junction area. During the summer you see lots of cars overheated and transmission trouble. In my dually manual, it even states to change the oils more often in high temp regions and adjust for diffrent seasons. Most ppl dont think about the heat, but it will break down oils faster.
WTFF?? VIDEO'S (1 year ago)
Justin P. Thankyou bro he had scared for a moment
William Morrell (3 years ago)
hi ona Isuzu wizard my auto dosit get overdrive it's a 96 4gj2 NE help plez
David Mars (3 years ago)
aww it a Taurus well they spend most of their time in transmission shops
Richard Yap (3 years ago)
hi, just wondering why the car must be idling to take txm fluid level. what different does it make if engine is cold. sound stupid but i am curious.
Richard Yap (3 years ago)
+VintageVideos2009 That's sound logical. Thank you for the explanation. Subscribed.
VintageVideos2009 (3 years ago)
+Richard Yap Your vehicle should be at normal operating temperatures, because when the transmission fluid heats up to normal operating temperatures as well, the fluid expands slightly to provide an accurate measure of the fluid level in the transmission. That is why some transmission dip sticks have both a hot and cold indication on the dip stick. The car idling, also helps to provide the most accurate measure of the transmission fluid, in the transmission, when the unit is running at normal operating temperatures. Thanks for your question Richard. Hope the explanation helps.
mustafa sa (3 years ago)
helo . my car 1995 corolla automtic trans.. it wont chnge gear its running in 1th
VintageVideos2009 (2 years ago)
+mustafa sa Hi mustafa sa, Yes, anglersj024 is right, the easiest item to check is to have your car on a level surface, run engine to normal operating temperatures and pull the transmission dipstick and check the fluid. If the fluid is low, fill to the crosshatch mark. If the fluid level is OK, then there are numerous items that could be the problem including sensors, valve body, linkages, etc...far too many things to make a guess. A professional shop like TNS Transmissions LLC in Hales Corners, Wisconsin will provide an diagnostic and assessment. Best of luck with your vehicle.
anglersj024 (2 years ago)
+mustafa sa need to check the trans fluid and go from there... you could be in for a new tranny
Robert Seekings (3 years ago)
I have a question if you could help me please.... I have a 2001 ford focus wagon 4 cylinder VTEC D.O.H.C I lose power up hills 15mph, but flat ground it goes but shifts late. fliud is burnt when the car is hot you can smell over worked trans fluid if I go the express way the car will not go over 60mph there is simply no gears what so ever and no check engine light for any codes.....
Robert Seekings (2 years ago)
+Jonathan A yes ztec
Jonathan A (2 years ago)
+Robert Seekings VTEC? Honda's have VTEC, not Ford's lmao! Unless you meant Ztec.
Sergio Fonseca (3 years ago)
I have a 99 Forester auto w/ 119k and my fluid looks like motor oil after I drive for about 30 min and check it! WHY is this? also it clicks into 2 and 3rd gear! help pls
VintageVideos2009 (3 years ago)
+Sergio Fonseca If your transmission fluid looks dark brown or black, it is an indication that you should have your transmission serviced, especially if it has 119K miles or km and has never had the transmission fluid and filter changed so far. Your shifting issue may require further diagnosis from a professional transmission shop like TNS Transmissions LLC. This would seem to be a good time to have your transmission serviced. Thank you for watching our video and sharing your comments.
nafism6969 (3 years ago)
can u do a taste test?
JOSE SIGUENCIA (3 years ago)
THANKS FOR TECHME HOW TO SEE THE OIL TRANSSMISION   MY QUESTION  IS I HAVE A NISSAN PATH FINDER 4W  BUT I WANT TO  CHANGE THE FUID TRANSMISION  AT MY CAR THAN YOU VERY MUCH
VintageVideos2009 (3 years ago)
+JOSE SIGUENCIA HI Jose, Unfortunately, we do not have a video created for your Nissan Pathfinder 4WD at this time. We are attaching this link, to a Nissan forum, which should help provide the information you are looking for.  http://forums.nicoclub.com/how-to-change-transmission-oil-filter-pan-gasket-2001-2wd-auto-t466068.html We appreciate your watching, commenting, subscribing and sharing our channel. Best of luck with the Pathfinder!
Daniel Fernandes (3 years ago)
Dear Tim, always watch your videos related to automatic transmission . I have a problem in exchange of my Dakota RT V8 5.2 2000 automatic. I rectified the exchange to trade in all components ( solenoid , oil pump drives, torque converter etc. ) The problem is that by putting in D (drive) it beats 1 , 2, 3 and does not go long . is 90 km / h to 3,000 RPM ... does not enter the longest march would cause ride at low revs . Nobody here in Brazil can solve .... give me a hint what can be the problem? thank you. email...l [email protected]
ghalem boucherih (3 years ago)
Hi I have chevey venture 2004 automatic transmission i have a problem with shifting and when I checked the oil of transmission was brown black and smell burned even some dust but the level is ok please advise me soon thanks.
VintageVideos2009 (3 years ago)
+ghalem boucherih Hi, thanks for the comment. Given the brown/black color of your transmission fluid and the burned smell the fluid has, along with some particulates, you may have suffered a problem associated with overheating and component failure. We would advise you have the transmission inspected as soon as possible by a professional transmission shop like TNS Transmissions LLC. There are far too many issues that could have led to your transmission failure. We wish you all the best with the repairs to your minivan.
Lisa Cotton (3 years ago)
My 1999 f-150 for has a problem with shifting hard. Don't Know what to Do. PLEASE HELP.
VintageVideos2009 (3 years ago)
First of all, have you checked the transmission fluid level? You can watch our video to see how that should be done. If your fluid is extremely low, black, brown or has a burnt smell, you may need to take it to a professional transmission shop for a diagnostic. Is the "check engine" or "service engine" light on the dashboard? This is an indication that a system component may have malfunctioned or have failed? Let us know if any of these are issues before we go further.
Lisa Cotton (3 years ago)
When you put it in drive it jerks forward and it jerks into first second and drive. Help
Lisa Cotton (3 years ago)
Yes I still drive it. It shifts hard. Its a automatic
VintageVideos2009 (3 years ago)
+Lisa Cotton Hi Lisa, can you describe better what is going on with your F150? Does it work at all, only in forward, only in reverse, slipping gears, hard shifting, etc. We could use a bit more in order to suggest what the issue might be. Thanks.
kathy loften (3 years ago)
Hi...I like your video. My brother has a 2004 Focus that gives a P0734 error code. It slips from gear to gear, but  will run fine on a flat surface, but slips again badly and won't go into gear when it climbs a hill. Is this a solenoid problem or something more serious? The PO734 says "Poor connection at transmission" or "Internal transmission problem". Also, the check engine light comes on when it slips, but goes off and stays off after he turns off the car and then starts the car again. But then the check engine light will come on again if he tries to maintain speed up a hill, with the transmission again slipping out of gear. The only way to climb a hill is to NOT try to keep speed up a hill. Would it be okay to drive the car in Overdrive, by engaging the button on the gear shifter, which lights the green light on the dash? Thank you very much for any help.  - )
VintageVideos2009 (3 years ago)
+kathy loften Hi Kathy, you may be talking about solenoids on the valve body. They can have issues from time to time and may be causing some error messages. You would need a diagnosis from a professional transmission shop like TNSTransmissionsLLC.com. Thanks for watching and sharing your comments.
Ty Portwood (3 years ago)
Lol good luck! I am waiting on my insurance claim for getting rear ended now so until then no lexus for me😐
kathy loften (3 years ago)
Yeah, cool. It's like we're in a chat...you answered faster than I expected. I still think however that there's something else going on. I'm told that there are sensors (or something like sensors) in the transmission fluid (seen a couple videos about them) and they might be going haywire and they might need replacing soon. They're not that expensive...costs more to put them in then it costs to buy them. Anyway, thanks again.  Now to find the reason why my windshield wipers don't return all the way when they're shut off. I have to baby them back to start, if you know what i mean.
Ty Portwood (3 years ago)
Thats what I did with mine lol
kathy loften (3 years ago)
Hi...thank you Ty for your comment. My grandpa told me to just add some fluid to the car (he did it for me). And that seems to have fixed the problem cuz it's not doing it anymore. Yeaaa!   -)
nonoyd (3 years ago)
my dipstick says  add-warm-hot. do i  just need to wait until the fluid level  goes to "add" before adding transmission fluid even if the transmission is in warm or hot condition?.
nonoyd (3 years ago)
+VintageVideos2009 thanks for replying. so what happens when the transmission or engine is hot and the fluid level reading is in "warm"? the "warm" level is located right below the "hot" level, dont you think i should add fluid at this reading because the fluid amount is below the "hot" ? the "hot" sign or stamp is border by two lines, im thinking if the reading goes below the lower line during hot operation that fluid should be added. i have a 1999 dodge neon. i know some cars just says cold and hot when reading dipstick and you just base your reading between 2 notches if it is cold and 2 notches if it is hot.
VintageVideos2009 (3 years ago)
+nonoyd Good question. When checking the dipstick, the amount of fluid will vary depending on the temperature of the transmission. When the engine is warm the fluid tends to be lower in volume, vs when the engine and transmission are hot from prolonged use. If your fluid falls within the "add" crosshatched area, you would want to fill fluid to the "full" notch, based on whether the transmission is warm or hot. Remember, it's important not to overfill the transmission, so always add smaller amounts and check the dipstick, to prevent overfilling. Thanks for watching and sharing your question. We invite you to subscribe to our channel and join our Facebook page, at TNS Transmissions LLC.
Jonathan A (3 years ago)
My 2010 Ford Fusion, with the 6F-35, has clear/purple grey colored fluid. Been having it changed on a regular basis. It uses Mercon LV fluid which is red, but turns the other color when it goes through the transmission. So some transmissions, the fluid doesn't normally stay red.
Miguel Zepeda (3 years ago)
mine runs good and shift good .. nice n firm .. but the oil is brown ????
VintageVideos2009 (3 years ago)
+Miguel Zepeda Hi Miguel, The brown color is an indication that the transmission fluid change interval has probably been surpassed. Most vehicles should have the transmission fluid and filter changed every 30,000 miles. Much like when you exceed the engine oil change interval and the oil is very black in color, the brown transmission fluid you have has likely lost some of it's lubrication qualities.  In lighter duty this may not be significant, but if you tow a trailer or load, or your vehicle runs hard in hot summer weather, it could lead to your transmission overheating and damage. We would suggest you make an appointment and have your fluid and filter changed and a simple inspection. Hope that helps. Thanks for watching and sharing your comments.
Janine Mae (3 years ago)
voicesfollow (4 years ago)
I have a 2007 Grand cherokee 3.7L with the Nag1 transmission. I had changed the fluid w/ filter about 3000 miles ago and i thought that i could add half a quart more for better throttle response did respond well with no problems until i went on a 200 mile road trip and the rpms were sticking, rpms were in the 3K range at about 60mph which should be around 2K. I had siphoned half the quart back out and the vehicle is slowly returning to its normal behavior. The fluid that i siphoned out appears to be like a brown tint, almost like coffee. I hope there was no damage done, since i had changed the filter/fluid 3000 miles ago, would it be okay to just siphon all the fluid out from the dipstick tube and just pour new fluid in so i don't have to worry about dropping the pan and worrying about leaks and etc. My understanding is that an overfilled transmission causes excess heat which maybe why the fluid turned brown. Any advice would be appreciated or should i go ahead and drop the pan and change filter. My transmission before is in good condition, its the overfilling that caused the erratic shifting and high rpm rev's. I have put maybe about 250 miles total after adding the 1/2 QT. of ATF4
Mike Pilot (4 years ago)
HI  I HAVE A 88 NISSAN MAXIMA AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION I LOST THE 2ND GEAR,MEANING MY CAR STARTS AT FIRST GEAR THAN WHEN I LET THE GAS PEDAL LOOSE IT SHIFTS TO 3RD GEAR AND THAN SHIFTS TO OVERDRIVE  WITH NO PROBLEMS ,ANY IDEA WHAT HAPPENED TO THE 2ND GEAR??. I CHANGED THE FLUID ALLREADY,THE FILTER IN THIS TRANNY IS INSIDE I ALSO TRYED LUCAS AND NO HELP AT ALL I BEEN DRIVING THIS CAR FOR YEARS LIKE THIS PLS LET ME KNOW WHAT U THINK THANKS SO MUCH  Reply  ·
countyguy2003 (4 years ago)
thanks for the info yea the cars probally only had it changed would u suggest changing all of the oil or just what comes out when u change the filter 
VintageVideos2009 (4 years ago)
A professional shop will offer a transmission flush, to remove all the old transmission oil, or a fluid change, which is what some home mechanics will do when draining the transmission oil and replacing the filter. Given your statement that the fluid is black right now, both of these maintenance procedures should be a significant improvement. However, the transmission flush and complete fluid replacement (along with a new transmission filter) performed by a professional shop, at a slightly higher cost, will provide for a more thorough procedure.  You should certainly perform one of these maintenance procedures to better ensure your transmission will not suffer damage from poor quality fluid.
countyguy2003 (4 years ago)
my fluid looks black my cars got 300,000 on it any ideas
VintageVideos2009 (4 years ago)
The black color of the fluid suggests the fluid and filter have not been changed in a long time, quite likely well beyond the 30,000 mile maintenance interval. Often the black color goes hand-in-hand with a burnt smell and possible overheating of the transmission. Overheating can lead to component failure. If the vehicle and transmission are still shifting normally, consider it very good fortune. You should certainly plan to drain the transmission fluid and replace the fluid and transmission filter.  A more thorough inspection by a professional transmission shop, like TNS Transmissions LLC, may also be a wise idea to ensure all components are in good working order. Thanks for your comments and watching out video.  Please subscribe to our channel for more auto repair videos.
William Grant (4 years ago)
I have a 1990 Toyota Corolla Wagon Automatic it is hesitating and stalling usually on startup but yesterday it made a grinding noise and stalled before stopping at a stoplight.My friend said it could be a dirty distributor could,I was wondering if it could be a clogged transmission filter.Not to sure
Alex Carr (4 years ago)
I am having issues with my 2005 Dodge Neon with rough shifting the fluid is fine and a machanic said my transmission is fine the fluid is not burnt and isnt using any fluids can anyone help me?
Alex Carr (4 years ago)
+VintageVideos2009 I agree but thanks for your time! I'm sure I will probably end up getting a new car. Its being a money pit, everyone has told me to just get rid of it.
VintageVideos2009 (4 years ago)
+Alex Foreman We've consulted with our TNS Transmission team and the prevailing thinking is that it could be a number of things, like sensors, solenoids, etc. To identify the problem, you would need a professional transmission shop to diagnose it further.  I'm afraid it is not a simple, clear cut item, without a thorough inspection.
Alex Carr (4 years ago)
+VintageVideos2009 And it also hesitates when going into Drive (this is a very recent problem I noticed it yesterday)
Alex Carr (4 years ago)
+VintageVideos2009 when it warms up and in all the gears and when I'm hard on the gas it gets worse but when I'm easy on the gas It's still a little rough
VintageVideos2009 (4 years ago)
Rough shifting in all gears/speed ranges,and with operating temperatures cold and warm- with no changes? Or anything else you can share about it's condition?  
Sun Lite (4 years ago)
The owners manual for the 2013 Impala LTZ  does not provide a procedure to check the tranny fluid. Claims there is special procedure and no need to check unless there is a leak. Only procedure I know is to run it through the gears and check hot in park. What is the mystery?  My readings: hot and running no reading. hot and engine off OK
VintageVideos2009 (4 years ago)
Hi Thomas, Your transmission, the 6t70, is similar to how to check fluid on our video. The vehicle should be parked on a level surface and the fluid should be within the crosshatched area of the dipstick while the vehicle is in park, but running at normal operating temperature.  Pull the dipstick, wipe it off, re-insert again and check the fluid level. If the fluid is not in the crosshatch area, fill it a little at a time until you reach the correct level. Make sure you do not overfill it. Check often in between filling it, and you should be OK.
widtrak77 (4 years ago)
My 1989 Regal 4T60 transmission color is in between your color comparison. I would describe it as dark cherry color and it doesn't smell bad. 236K on it! It has had somewhat regular maintenance over the years. At least three changes. Not like new smell just a stronger petroleum type smell but I wouldnt call it burnt. The pump whines somewhat when warm. I was thinking of changing the filter and putting the old fluid back in because I afraid of new fluid causing problems. Do you think the filter change could help the fluid flow and quiet the pump. I would appreciate any input you could offer. Thanks for the video!
VintageVideos2009 (4 years ago)
Hi widtrak77, Based on your description, your current fluid definitely seems to have some mileage on it, however the color and the fact it does not have a burnt smell are favorable for the overall condition of the transmission. A filter change should not cause any problem and would typically include a the fluid change as part of a standard maintenance procedure. You could drain and keep the old fluid, as a back-up plan, if that would provide some peace of mind. Please let us know how everything works out.
Justin Mihalco (4 years ago)
I have a question regarding my 2005 Jeep Liberty dipstick..it has cold hot markers.... when the engine is at operating temp it is closer to the cold on the dipstick..when the car has sat overnight it is above the hot...did they maybe just mess the dipstick up?? any thoughts thanks
VintageVideos2009 (4 years ago)
Thanks Alex, we agree that a quick call to a local Jeep dealer may resolve this dipstick issue rather quickly. 
Alex Carr (4 years ago)
I think there actually may be a recall on that dipstick (Chrysler has had horrible issues with their transmissions I am having trouble with mine) I would call a dealership
VintageVideos2009 (4 years ago)
Hi Justin, Based on your observation of the fluid levels in your descriptions above, it does in fact sound as though your dipstick may be incorrectly marked. A relatively simple method to verify it, might be to visit a Jeep dealer and ask someone at the parts department to see a transmission dipstick.  You could compare yours to the new dipstick. Hope that helps.
ldryway rodriguez (4 years ago)
I have a question see if you experiencing this issue? I have TL 06 A/T and for some reason shifting from 1st to 2nd gear  it does a lil stuttering not a kick it is a light shaking while shifting then it keep shifting normal as I go  with no problem I have put the ODB reader and does not find a code. At first I thought it was my transmission mounts but they look good I even replace them what you suggest it could be? 
VintageVideos2009 (4 years ago)
Hi Idryway rodriguez, Our first thought would also be to look at the motor mounts.  A lot of times vibrations will come from the motor mounts as opposed to transmission mounts. If the mounts are hydraulic, you would look for leaks or wet mounts/bushings. Otherwise you would look for cracks in the bushings.  You mentioned those look good, so we would suggest that you check the fluid.  Start by checking the level of the fluid as well as the condition. If the fluid checks out fine, you could try a product that sometimes helps with small shudders, called Dr. Tranny Instant Shudder fix. It's a friction modifier that you add to the transmission fluid. This type of additive is different than others trans fix additives. We don't recommend using those types of "Trans fix in a bottle" type additives, but the Dr. Tranny shudder fix we do recommend, because it is a friction modifier rather than a thicker oil. Napa usually has this in stock and is part number BK 7652969. If these solutions don't work, we highly encourage you to visit a professional transmission shop, like http://www.tnstransmissions.com for a full diagnostic. Good luck with your repair and please let us know if you've found a successful fix for it.
Kevin Renner (4 years ago)
I had my transmission changed at 96k and the mechanics said is was a little dark, but now I'm at 107k and its black. They said nothing was wrong other than it turned black. What do you think?
VintageVideos2009 (4 years ago)
+Kevin Renner Hey Kevin, I understand your concern.  If your vehicle is still shifting normally, without any lurking or slippage, when shifting between gear ranges, it's possible there is no damage to the internal components yet.  Because your vehicle does not have a dipstick to check, we can't say for certain that new transmission fluid was actually replaced during the service.  Regardless, if the transmission is performing normally right now, it would be a good idea to replace the dark black fluid (an indication of some kind of overheating) with some new red fluid that has all of it's lubricating qualities intact.   Best of luck on the maintenance and please let us know what happens in the future.  
Kevin Renner (4 years ago)
One of the issues with Volkswagen (sorry I didn't specify in the previous comment) is they do not have a dipstick for the transmission. I have been commuting with it a lot lately, would that be the root cause? Also it has been hot here in the State of Washington where temperatures have reached over 100 degrees which could be the issue in which you have mentioned. I have not towed anything behind the vehicle. The only concern I'm worried about is it too late if I replace it like you recommend?
VintageVideos2009 (4 years ago)
Hey Kevin, If your transmission fluid and filter or your entire transmission was overhauled at 96k with new transmission fluid, it seems unusual that it would be black after only 11K miles, unless an issue has cropped up.  Did you pull the transmission fluid dip stick after the service at 96K to physically see that the fluid was in fact changed and was red in color?  Unfortunately, sometimes mistakes are made at a service location and an engine oil change takes place rather than a transmission fluid change.   From watching our video, you saw that good, clean transmission fluid should look like cherry soda. Does your black fluid also smell burnt?  A burnt smell is a symptom of an overheating transmission and would require an inspection.  We're not sure if your vehicle was under more significant stress, in very hot weather, or dusty conditions, or towing a trailer or boat or other load.  If your vehicle's transmission is functioning correctly (smooth shifting with no slips between gear shifts), we would urge you to revisit the transmission shop to have them drain your black fluid and refill with new fluid and perform a diagnostic inspection if any problem persist.    
Beatrixx Haven (4 years ago)
thanks for this video!  i was able to check my transmission fluid annnd know that all is well with it!  thanks =) 
Lisa Matthews (6 months ago)
What color is the dip handle
EvendimataE (4 years ago)
if the transmission is good is the atf suppose to stay cherry soda color even after very long milage like 100k without changing it? i bought a camry with 113k miles, atf is dark and smells burnt but car runs good
VintageVideos2009 (4 years ago)
Hi EvendimataE, Most maintenance intervals suggest changing the transmission fluid every 30,000 to 60,000 miles, depending on the type of fluid.  With over 100K miles, the transmission fluid in your Camry would almost certainly change from the normal cherry soda color to become black or dark brown in color.  The fluid is overdue for a change, and most likely the transmission filter should also be changed as well.  The burnt smell indicates that some overheating has taken place, but if the transmission is still operating normally, you may be OK with the transmission fluid and filter change at this point.   
Bryon Poe (5 years ago)
I have a 94 Corolla and it skips 2nd gear. Fluid is a brownish color. In 2 it shifts from first to 3rd. In 1 it just stays in 1st. In D 1st to 4th. A245E model transmission. Trying to find another opinion to what others have already said it could be.
VintageVideos2009 (4 years ago)
+MegaAlex0012 A regular maintenance program for your transmission is a smart idea. A lot depends on your driving conditions, annual mileage and so on. Changing your transmission fluid with an average of 15,000 miles may be faster than needed, but it certainly will not hurt the vehicle to do so. Most vehicles have their transmission fluid and filter changed from 30,000 to 60,000 miles.  
MegaAlex0012 (4 years ago)
if the transmission fluid is brown if i was you give it a service replace the filter and pan gasket before your up for a another transmission they are very expensive to repair. Remember common sense prevails a transmission service is a lot cheaper than getting another one. Your choice $100 a year compared to a $2,000 me perosnally i would rather pay $100 a year than cough up $2,000 upfront
VintageVideos2009 (4 years ago)
From the owners at TNS Transmissions LLC: The code 64 is definitely a code for the Lock-up Solenoid. If the car seems to be shifting fine, there could be a possible wiring problem or faulty solenoid.
Bryon Poe (4 years ago)
+VintageVideos2009 I actually had it fixed back in February. Not sure why I never got notified you replied. Now I've got a code 64. SL solenoid. It didn't show up like the 63 did. I went looking one day because I was bored. Shifts fine. I think it's the lock-up solenoid.
Goalatio (4 years ago)
If your car isn't fixed by now, I had a similar problem with my truck but it would slip out of overdrive.  Fixed it by replacing the Throttle Position Sensor ($30 at a parts store) which then uncovered another problem.. the entire truck would shake when going above 45mph or when overdrive engaged.  I pulled the code and it was a cylinder 6 misfire .. changed spark plugs and it worked like new.  You never know what the problem could end up being.. that's what I love about working on cars :)
gob loit (5 years ago)
How about if the fluid looks like strawberry milk?
VintageVideos2009 (5 years ago)
Hi John,  A strawberry milk, creamy white color (or sometimes a tan milk shake appearance) of your fluid suggests that some form of cross-contamination has taken place. The most likely culprit is some type of coolant leak or water getting inside the transmission compartment, possibly from a defective grommet or opening. As you saw in our video, a cherry soda color for your transmission fluid indicates the fluid is OK. If in doubt, seek a professional transmission shop, like TNS Transmissions, LLC to conduct a thorough inspection.
em ma (5 years ago)
Excellent presentation. Explanation very short, sharp & straight to the point. Easy to understood theory & practical. Easy to follow up. Double thumbs up to you for your very useful info.I really enjoy watching all your videos. I liked your way of tutorial, slow & calm. Once again a big thank you to you for gave me some very useful tips... You are one of Professor Genius Sir David Einstein of modern advanced mechanical engineering. (:-)
VintageVideos2009 (5 years ago)
Thank you so much for your compliments.  100,000+ viewers and growing can't be wrong!  Sincerely though, we really do appreciate that you have taken the time to send us your comments.  We plan on producing more "how-to" videos in the near future!
VintageVideos2009 (5 years ago)
To Smida BenK, The ATF capacity for a 2004 GMC Sierra Diesel is:  Drain and fill.7.4 quarts. Total capacity. 13.5 quarts.  And if you are in southeastern Wisconsin, please visit our shop in Hales Corners, or visit our website at http://www.TNStransmissions.com.  Hope that helps.
VintageVideos2009 (2 years ago)
Hi paul cooper, we just had this same question about a week ago! You can see it below, but we've copied our comments once again as follows: well first of all, make sure your vehicle is parked on a level grade, is stationary, and is at normal operating temperatures. A possible cause for bubbles is that the level of fluid is too high or that you may have an air leak of some kind, possibly a bad seal. Generally speaking, removing transmission fluid can be a bit difficult. You may want to have the transmission serviced, including a fluid and filter change, with the proper amount of fluid added. The service tech can also identify if a seal is defective. The formation of bubbles will reduce the performance, lubricating and cooling qualities of the transmission fluid, and could result in more significant damage. Thanks for watching our video and sharing your question.
paul cooper (2 years ago)
What if theres bubbles on the dipstick what does that indicate.
Smida BenK (5 years ago)
can pls tell me what fluid capacity on automatic transmission 2004 GMC sierra diesel
Dirty Houdini (5 years ago)
I use Honda MTF and it is clear, and smells really bad. is red fluid only for ATF?
Brandon Olds (5 years ago)
do you have any affiliation companies in chicago or northwestern indiana
david m (5 years ago)
thanks for the reply.car has great engine with 112k on the clock so ill drive it till it really brakes lol i dont think i wanna spend more than the car is worth on a trans.its my take me to work car.thank you
coldcash12345 (5 years ago)
Yes, the carrier bearings on the differential will wear out, and cause excessive play. Once this happens and gets loose enough, you'll notice the axle seals start to leak. If you have a good amount of movement by moving the axles at the transmission, it is time for a overhaul.
david m (5 years ago)
is this still going on?
david m (5 years ago)
hi,i have n old 88 regal 2.8 and engine moves hard when put in gear like if mounts r bad but mounts r good.shiffts great but makes a banging sound on bad roads.all seems ok but checked axles and i shake them n make similar bang sound.moves to much from trans side on both axles like something is loose inside trans.axles r good.but to loose on trans side weird.can something get loose in there that makes axles hit hard?i feel all my issues come from trans.mounts n axles good.what do u think
TheComment555 (5 years ago)
I live in laredo texas, and besides the neighborhood kids using it as punching bag and a lawn chair not really no. I bought a brand new trans for my jeep dropped the old one and ripped it apart, i saw this pebble in the one of the gears teeth. But that wasn't the problem the new trans is doing the same thing and it only had 5 miles on it now. I hate driving it like that makes me feel weird shifting it with no clutch.
TheComment555 (5 years ago)
I already took it to shop they drove it and said they have no idea why it is doing that, they connected the scanner to the ECU said they didn't find nothing they connected it to trans comp and still didn't find nothing we changed the sensors and still nothing, so im going to buy a new one and just trade it in. or sell it. maybe for 4K I just won't say what wrong with it lol.
TheComment555 (5 years ago)
When ever I change the oil in engine I change oil in trans just to be safe. It is a 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 2X4.....4.0L Inline6. Everything else is fine no problems. I have now swapped 3 trans in this thing & it is eating a hole in my wallet. This last trans was a new trans I bought it just about 2 years ago. Then this shit happened.
TheComment555 (5 years ago)
My transmission fluid & filter is changed every 5K miles. I have done this for the past 8 years now. My transmission is not shifting into gears like it's supposed to. When it shifts from 1st to 2nd it jumps & starts acting as if it was a standard transmission. I have to let off the gas throw it in neutral then back into drive just so it can get into second gear. Once it's in second there is no problem with the trans it passes through the rest like it should. What does this mean.
Tyler Barton (1 year ago)
That's closer to the amount of time &/or miles you would want between regular OIL changes..... I'm no Professional but I'd feel safe enough saying you should be able to get 25k-50k before you ABSOLUTELY needed to change it... I have a 2003 Lincoln TownCar w/ just over 112k on it, I'm the 2nd owner but I'm pretty sure it's only been changed twice in that time AT THE MOST! however that may explain why I'm looking at these videos due to the fact of shimmering & shuttering on the highway & rough shifting lol.... I'm hoping changing & adding the right amount of tranny fluid back into it will fix it & it's not a more serious problem..... I checked it just 2 days ago & it was slightly low w/ a hint of discoloration.... so If it's shot I suppose my opinion would be the last 1 you should give any thoughts on lol.... Wish me luck fellas
nosirindeed (1 year ago)
TheComment555 every 5k way too often I'd think
Mark Michael (5 years ago)
My Car is a Nissan Altima 2002 2.5 s . Ok so I am driving on the highway all of a sudden I notice the car shift to lower gear really fast when I touch the break. The light on the dash board which light up when you shift to park, neutral, and drive, goes on and off.( sometime the light doesn't even comes on). The check engin light is on but the code is for a evop leak. Any help!!! My left signal light also went out Could it be an electrical problem ? Ps. I never changed the transmission fuli
BOB ALGIERS (5 years ago)
my car does not engage for about a mile,,what could this mean?
Zach Stremmel (5 years ago)
You say that brown or black fluid is a sign of a problem? Would the problem be that it just needs to be changed? All fluids deteriorate over time, hence why we change them. On another note; is a transmission flush recommended? Like positive and negative pressure forcing all fluid out and simultaneously being replaced with good fluid? 07 Scion tc with 94k miles, manual tranny, and never had fluid changed to my knowledge. Thank you for your help.
SuperMotherFugger (5 years ago)
i drained my trans fluid after a full rebuld from a del sol from 92 and when i took the half shafts out it was like inbetween the cherry soda red and brown but it looked good but when i drained it from the 3/8's drive plug it was like a milky cream white color 0_o never heard of this or seen it and it didnt smell like anything really, could have been my allergies, but any idea of what could of happened? i got the car last august with an unknown history
Steve Smith (6 years ago)
Thanks, nice job
Luis Sánchez (6 years ago)
Hi dear Gentleman, I want to know if you can tell me how to check the fluid level in this transmission, because the video that explains it, is not clear, besides being in Portuguese.
Luis Sánchez (6 years ago)
Hi I own a Peugeot 308 CC, and has some slow response when changing frim first to second gear, it has 47000 kms, any comments please?
thweepz (6 years ago)
mine was like a red with a brown tint when changed. its still darkish but it doesnt smell burnt. at least i dont think
elmacabron2 (6 years ago)
I have a Honda accord 01 automatic 167k n the color of my transmission look brown not pink should I drain it ???
elmacabron2 (6 years ago)
Good tips
shinta798 (6 years ago)
....so i would just have to bring it to tns if its brown...thanks.. -.- is my tranny fucked up or do i just need to change it, we don't all live near you, and if we are willing to do it ourselves we deserve to know more.
Christopher Tinsley (6 years ago)
what car are you working on in the video... is it a 96 Ford Taurus?
Zac S (6 years ago)
my tranny fluid is the right color but as far as smell gos its not a "good smell" as you put it but its not a burnt smell could you explain a little more on the smell?

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