did you take a dump in it?
Does the ATF fluid smell burnt? How brown is it? Any chance you can take an image of what the fluid looks like? Overheating can cause fluid to burn but browning can also be that the fluid is removing debris inside the transmission (dirt, metal, etc).I have a Kia Forte SE with barely 12K miles. This past week, I noticed I have brown transmission fluid. To me and a few other "technicians" I know including the technician at Kia who initially checked it for me, this should not be and is a matter of concern. However, to the local Kia Dealership Service Manager, this is not a matter for concern and feels I have nothing to worry about, but was unwilling (perahps unable) to explain why it was not an issue needing immedate attention.
Has anyone experienced brown ATF with so few miles? Did you get it checked at Kia and if so what was the response and/or action? If not an issue, can you explain why?
Thank you for your posts...your point has been taken...we're almost laughing too...fecal matter
Least one person was smart enough to find the answer. Not all fluid is red. My old 2000 Elantra had brown tranny fluid, mechanic said that was the way it was supposed to be.Attention: Check your owners manual -- section 7 after the tranny information. There is a note that says the tranny fluid is red from the factory because they put a dye in it to identify it as tranny fluid and over time the fluid can turn brown -- this is normal it states!
Attention: Check your owners manual -- section 7 after the tranny information. There is a note that says the tranny fluid is red from the factory because they put a dye in it to identify it as tranny fluid and over time the fluid can turn brown -- this is normal it states! Check it for yourself!!!
So...again, unless it smells burnt it's probably ok...
Well... dunno if you call me 'brighter' or not, but I tend to kind of have a clue.
I'd like to see a picture of the 'brown' fluid. Brown is a pretty vague description, and yes, after 12,000 miles I would expect your fluid to have changed from the pretty bright red it is in the jug. Particles and smell are how I judge ATF since colour really has no bearing on the fluid's ability to do it's job.
When the fluid is dark with particles or has been burnt it's then not able to do it's job and that's a sign of trouble - although to be honest by the time the fluid is burnt the damage is already done inside and all the fluid condition does is help us to condemn the transmission.
@MatSim: That looks a little dark, but gear oil starts off a "honey/lime" colour, and doesn't take much to darken at all. Again, particles and smell are what you'll be looking for, here.
How did you check the oil? That looks like the swipe of the dipstick, not the check from the filler hole of a manual trans...That's the color of mine. I have less than 10k. Manual transmission
What do you think ?