The transmission fluid lubricates the parts of the transmission system so that they stay useful longer. Ideally, the transmission fluid would remain in your car for the whole of its life. If you ever need to change it, your mechanic will advise doing so after 50,000 miles. They might also recommend regular flushes.
However, sometimes the fluid might leak because of a damaged part. Consequently, it will compromise the functionality of your car. It is vital that you check the level of your transmission fluid when you take your car to a professional for a full car service — especially if you notice the signs that indicate low transmission fluid.
If your transmission fluid is low, you could have a delayed response after moving your gear stick to drive or reverse. A decrease in pressure due to the low fluid can cause this. The waiting time is often between two to three seconds.
Gear Shifting Troubles
Whether your car is automatic or manual, it relies on clean and free-flowing transmission fluid. If the fluid is dirty or little, the response will be sluggish. Your gear shifts will then respond either too fast or too slowly. The problem is worse with a manual car.
In a standard functioning vehicle, the transmission fluid cools the system. Without enough fluid, the transmission overheats. You will know that it has overheated if you see smoke, notice burning smells or experiences erratic shifts and gear slippage.
If your car overheats, pull your car to the side of the road and let it cool first. Otherwise, you risk severe internal damage. With the other two symptoms, the most you can do is drive safely and take the issue up with your mechanic.
Ignoring transmission fluid symptoms could have serious repercussions financially. Worse, it could cause an accident.