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What are the Symptoms of too much Transmission Fluid?

More of something isn’t always great – not even the transmission fluid, which plays a crucial role in the effortless running of your car’s engine.

Since friction causes overheating of the components of your automobile, proper lubrication is necessary to prevent any major damage to the engine. Owing to advancement in technology, every automobile now needs a specific kind of transmission fluid for efficient functioning.

The symptoms of an impaired transmission are similar to those of an overfilled one. So, maintaining a steady transmission fluid is important.


How does Overfilling Affect Transmission?

The newer automobiles in the market, which have been constructed using better technology, use pressure valves.

The increased internal pressure due to overfilling of the transmission fluid can result in a premature breakdown of the pressure valve, which might lead to further damage in the working segments of the vehicle.

  • Foaming:

An improper level of transmission fluid or overfilling can cause air bubbles with a foamy appearance which is harmful. Other factors like leakage of the coolant or using the wrong kind of transmission fluid can also cause foaming.

  • Gear Shift:

Overfilling of the transmission fluid increases pressure on the internal components of the vehicle. A distinct change in the pressure level can cause a serious breakdown of your vehicle. This can get worse if you change the gear abruptly or try to put it in reverse gear.

How to Check the Fluid Level?

Every vehicle has a standardized duration (or some miles) after which the transmission fluid needs to be replaced. The level of transmission fluid can be checked in the following way:

  • Pull out the dipstick while the engine is running.
  • Make sure that the fluid which you want to fill in, is particle-free and completely clear. If not, it should be drained out immediately.
  • If clear enough, insert the dipstick and check whether the level of the oil touches the stipulated mark or not. Proper care should be taken while pouring the fluid down the dipstick as we cannot afford to overfill.

Removing the Excess Fluid:

The modern automobiles have been designed with a hole which drains out the excess fluid, effortlessly. So in case, you do overfill:

  • Drain out the excess fluid by removing the Pan Drain Plug, if your vehicle has such assemblage.
  • If not, simply remove the cooling tube using suction pumps which are easily available at the nearest store.

Replacing the Transmission Fluid:

You need to understand that replacing transmission fluids is a MUST! If you forget to do so:

-It might damage the metal pieces which protect the internal components of the vehicle

-Unnecessary water can get collected within the vehicle parts, which might eventually slow down or stop the machine from working.

How often you need to replace the transmission fluid depends on how frequently the vehicle is being and the distance it covers.

Taking care of the level of the transmission fluid in your vehicle can help you increase the longevity of the engine. You will also be spared from additional repairing charges.

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