What Are The Symptoms Of Low Transmission Fluid?

May 27, 2020 | By Mister Transmission

What Are The Symptoms Of Low Transmission Fluid?

Low transmission fluid can cause multiple issues with your automobile’s transmission. Keeping a sufficient level of transmission fluid is crucial. If you do not, you’re likely to see symptoms such as the ones discussed in this article.

Low levels of transmission fluid can cause all sorts of problems. Being able to notice these symptoms early could save you a lot of money and headaches in the long run.

Automatic transmission fluid is the life blood of the automatic transmission. It is also used in continuously variable transmissions (CVTs) and occasionally in manual transmissions, though the latter more commonly uses transmission oil. In any event, all these fluids play similar roles: they lubricate and cool the transmission. Having not enough fluid can cause or contribute to a whole host of problems. These include:

  • Slow Gear Engagement
    With a low level of transmission fluid comes low levels of pressure. This can mean that your transmission is slow to engage when you shift gears. If you find that your transmission takes a second to engage into drive or reverse, check your transmission fluid level.
  • Problems Shifting Gears
    The problems you experience with low transmission fluid go beyond simply slow gear engagement. There are more problems you might encounter when your transmissiontrie to shift gears. These can include resistance. If you find it difficult to shift gears and/or you experience grinding or other friction, your transmission might be low on fluid.
  • Slipping Gears
    Sometimes low transmission fluid causes the opposite problem. Instead of it being too hard to shift gears, it can be too easy. If your transmission slips out of gear all on its own, this is a dangerous problem. This usually occurs shortly after you have switched gears and it usually slips into neutral, but not always. Again, low transmission fluid can cause this because of low hydraulic pressure.
  • Funny Noises
    Your transmission will often tell you if something is wrong with it. But you must listen to it. Odd noises such as whirring, clunking, grinding — any of which are accompanied by shuddering sensation — are signs of a faulty transmission, often one with low transmission fluid.
  • Transmission Fluid Where It’s Not Supposed to Be
    Another way you can tell if you have low transmission fluid is if the fluid is not where it’s supposed to be, e.g., on your driveway. If you see patches of reddish liquid underneath where your car used to be, then you have a leak and, therefore, low transmission fluid.

Mister Transmission

If you’ve experienced any of these symptoms, top up your transmission fluid. If they persist or if you have a leak, bring your vehicle into Mister Transmission

image-reviews image-reviews
Customer Reviews
The staff at Mister Transmission...
Anita Roussy
The staff at Mister Transmission Barrie exceeded my expectations. They were able to chase the electrical issues my car had when the dealer couldn't. Their pricing was fair and my car rides like a new vehicle. I would not hesitate to recommend this shop to you. A. Roussy
Date: June 13, 2021
Website: Google
Honest service. Quick service. Good...
Salem Kadu
Honest service. Quick service. Good value for money.
Date: June 12, 2021
Website: Google
At Mr. Transmission in Coquitlam,...
Richard Dixon
At Mr. Transmission in Coquitlam, B.C., Frank and his staff proved to be competent and professional, providing fair and honest service for a clutch replacement, and maintaining good communication during the repair process.
Date: June 12, 2021
Website: Google
Ken and his team did...
Brian Herbert
Ken and his team did a great job and was a smooth process in getting my transmission rebuilt. Only took a few days and job was done!
Date: June 11, 2021
Website: Google
These guys are awesome!!!Brought my...
Kevin Mills
These guys are awesome!!!Brought my daughter's car in as it was clunking severely in reverse. They had it looked after and back on the road in no time!!
Date: June 10, 2021
Website: Google
Very happy with the service...
Dave Hammond
Very happy with the service provided by Kyle and his team ! They are Pro's with an emphasis on Customer Service,they performed a diagnostic at n/c to me,gave me an estimate, set an appointment and completed the work the right way the first time and came in a little under the estimate to rebuild my rear diff.Highly Recommended!
Date: June 10, 2021
Website: Google
Repaired Jeep Compass throttle body...
MICHAEL XU
Repaired Jeep Compass throttle body and Mercedes Benz battery. Thank you very much
Date: June 10, 2021
Website: Google
Professional, friendly and very helpful!
Mandy L
Professional, friendly and very helpful!
Date: June 10, 2021
Website: Google
Gave me good advice and...
Tech With
Gave me good advice and saved me money
Date: June 10, 2021
Website: Google
Been going to this location...
Joe Williamston
Been going to this location for years, Best in class service, repair and helpful advice
Date: June 10, 2021
Website: Google
Featured Services
Transmission Repair

The evolution of transmissions has made these machines and systems increasingly complex. When transmission repairs are required, determining the cause and cure for what ails can be tricky.

Read More
Transmission Technology

At Mister Transmission we have access to leading-edge diagnostic equipment, enabling us to offer you the fastest and most accurate findings about what’s going on inside your vehicle’s transmission.

Read More
Transmission Maintenance & Service

Just as you have other parts of your car serviced, your transmission needs maintenance to ensure a long life and avoid transmission problems.

Read More
Recent Blogs
RAM Differential and Driveability Issue
You are enjoying a drive in your 2012 - 2018 Ram 1500 pickup truck and all of a sudden,
Read More
May 19, 2021
7 Common Transmission Problems
We all want to avoid transmission problems. To do that, it helps to know what some of
Read More
May 10, 2021
What Is A Driveline, And Do I Need It Se...
Have you ever heard of a “driveline” before? Wondering what it is? Does it have
Read More
May 6, 2021
Do CVT Transmissions Need Repairs More O...
CVTs are still relatively new so people often have a lot of questions about them.
Read More
May 3, 2021
Do You Really Need To Change Your Transm...
You’re supposed to change your transmission fluid every so often. But is that
Read More
April 30, 2021
How Do You Identify Transmission Problem...
As with many things in life, identifying transmission problems early on can save you
Read More
April 14, 2021
What Are The Most Important Transmission...
Transmissions need occasional service and maintenance to continue performing at high
Read More
April 9, 2021
Why You Need To Regularly Visit A Transm...
There are a plethora of reasons why somebody might visit a transmission shop. But
Read More
April 5, 2021
CVTs Vs. Automatic Transmissions
Looking at buying or leasing a vehicle and want to know if you should opt for one
Read More
March 31, 2021
What Are The Most Recurring Transmission...
Some transmission repairs are inevitable; if you own your vehicle for long enough,
Read More
March 19, 2021