Malibu technicians can diagnose a lot of transmission problems, just by looking at the level and quality of your transmission fluid. Here's some tips you can perform by looking at your car's transmission fluid in your own garage or driveway. If you see low fluid levels, you may have a leak. It is recommended that you get your transmission serviced promptly; it is easier to identify a small leak before it becomes a big headache. The color and condition of your transmission fluid can help you identify if you have a transmission problem:

  • Normal fluid is reddish-brown and translucent, with no particular odor
  • Contaminated fluid has water or particles in the fluid.
  • Burnt fluid indicates damage from overheating.
  • Varnished fluid has been overheated repeatedly.

If you notice burnt or varnished transmission fluid, or see particles in it, bring your car for service immediately. We can diagnose your transmission problem before it may require a more costly repair so that you don't break down. Our skilled technicians have the training and expertise needed to properly diagnose your transmission problem and get you back on the road.