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The idea of a transmission leak can be scary, but you should remember it’s a common problem and your local mechanic can deal with it easily in most cases. At Fremont Foreign Auto, we will diagnose your transmission leak and help you take the steps to fix it. We take your safety on the road seriously and work to provide top-notch repairs, so you know you’re safe behind the wheel.

Fremont Foreign Auto is Diamond Certified, meaning we have passed rigorous training to provide you with the best care possible. You will get the same quality of service from any of our employees and best-in-the-industry care for your vehicle.

Here are five tips to check whether you have a transmission fluid leak. If you spot any of these signs, please get your vehicle to a repair shop as soon as possible so you can stay safe on the road.

  1. There’s a puddle beneath your vehicle

A puddle underneath your car is one of the most obvious signs of a transmission fluid leak. Transmission fluid is normally red, but if your fluid is old or burnt, it could leave a brown or black puddle as well. A puddle beneath your vehicle indicates you have something leaking and should visit a mechanic to diagnose the issue.

  1. Changes in shifting

You may notice your car shifting hard when your transmission changes gears. This can be seen with a high RPM spike during the gear shift or a shuddering jerk while shifting. Both could indicate a problem with your transmission and should be checked immediately.

  1. Grinding gears or clunking noises

If you hear grinding gears or clunking sounds while driving, and particularly while shifting, you should get your vehicle to a mechanic as soon as possible. No one knows the usual sounds of your vehicle better than you, and if it is making a new sound, you should check it out. Grinding gears and clunking noises are both indicators of a potentially serious problem.

  1. Fluid is low on the dipstick

One surefire way to check if your transmission is leaking is to check the dipstick. Once you pull the transmission fluid dipstick, clean and replace it to get an accurate reading of your fluid levels. The dipstick should tell you if your transmission fluid is low and the color should give some clue as to the health of the fluid. Brown or black means your fluid needs to be changed.  Also, your dipstick should have indicators for hot and cold levels; make sure you are checking the correct line. Transmission fluid is usually checked on a vehicle running at operating temperature.

  1. A burning smell

If transmission fluid is leaking, you will likely start noticing a burning smell. Many of the parts required to keep your vehicle moving get hot, and if they are sprayed with leaking fluid, it will smell like they are burning. It may not be related to your transmission, but a burning smell from your engine indicates there is a problem with your vehicle, and you should have a mechanic look at it.


Fremont Foreign Auto is a trustworthy, reliable service shop where we treat your vehicle as if it was our own. With years of experience and a dedication to quality service, we are here for your when you need to keep the engine running. No one enjoys fixing problems with their vehicle, but Fremont Foreign Auto will make you glad you came to us.


A vehicle is a marvel of modern engineering, and the transmission is one of the most important parts of the system. Without it, your car is an expensive paperweight. If you spot any signs of a transmission fluid leak, get in touch with Fremont Foreign Auto and we will get you safely back on the road.