On The Road: Symptoms Of Low Transmission Fluid

You are usually pretty good at keeping up with your fluids. But every now and then you might forget to check your vehicle's fluids, like your transmission fluid. The following will cover the symptoms of low transmission fluid and what to do if you notice this problem.

How Do You Know You Have Low Transmission Fluid

The following is a checklist that can help you find out if your transmission oil is too low:

  1. One of the most common signs to look for is a slip in the gears. Just so you know, transmission fluid gives your car power to shift between gears and maintain itself in that gear for as long as you want it to. The lack of transmission fluid will cause the shift between gears to slip. This might feel like a quick loss of power that you should regain afterwards. 
  2. You might also experience the gear slip's ugly cousin, which is called a transmission failure. Without enough transmission fluid, you will not have enough power to get your vehicle moving. This is going to feel as if you shifted to neutral, no matter what speed your car is going. At this point, you should just try to pull off to the side, and turn off the car. Be sure to keep the number of your trusted towing company. 
  3. Another sign that you might notice is the transmission surge. This is a very dangerous symptom that should prompt you to pull over as soon as possible. The surge will feel as if your vehicle pushes forward way too quickly, almost as if you over-pressed the gas pedal. The surge should only happen for a moment before returning back to a normal speed. 
  4. Your transmission may also overheat if your transmission oil is too low. What does this mean? Well, an overheated transmission could damage your transmission or burst as you drive. You might see white smoke coming out of the under-carriage of your vehicle. 

You can fix this issue by simply adding more transmission oil. But what if you do not have enough?

Believe it or not, you can add power steering fluid instead of transmission fluid. This may work as long as your vehicle's manual tells you that the transmission fluid needs to be hydraulic fluid

If you are unsure about this step, then do not try it. All you can do at this point is call your towing company and inform them of your transmission issue. The tow specialist should bring enough transmission fluid to get your vehicle back on the road. You should remember that low transmission fluid is just one possible cause, and your tow specialist at places like Kingsway Towing can further analyze your vehicle, just in case.