Transmission fluid is black and smell burnt, and I think my transmission is slipping


#1

I don’t know if the previous owner ever change the transmission fluid, but my car has 100k miles already. Today, I took the transmission fluid dipstick out, it look black and smell burnt, but I don’t see any metal. I don’t know how to take out the pan and check for metallic pieces, is there any auto shop that would do it for free?
When I accelerate to 40mph from a complete stop, the RPM goes up the 3000 and then quickly drop to 2000, then gradually drop to 1300. My car speed up really slowly even when I keep holding the gas pedal down with my feet. Is my transmission slipping? Sometimes when I start my car or when I change gear, my car jerk a little.
I’m afraid it too bad already and my transmission is depending on the broken metal pieces, so I don’t know if I should flush it? Will changing the transmission fluid fix the problem?


#2

Remove transmission pan and check for metal filings for free. Absolutely not going to happen.


#3

Changing the fluid may fix the problem,and it might not. It works sometimes. Since it is 30 times less expensive than replacing the transmission, I suggest you try it. If you can do it yourself, it costs maybe $30 to $40.


#4

If the tranny fluid is burnt, take it to a shop that has a tranny fluid exchange machine and have ALL the tranny fluid replaced.

Then cross your fingers.

Tester


#5

They also need to drop the pan and change the filter…Figure about $100 for this service.

year, make, model of vehicle??


#6

I have resurrected more than one vehicle by dropping the pan and replacing the filter and fluid. It’s worth a try. If you do then repeat the same in a couple of weeks. Your transmission could recover from poor maintenance practices.


#7

I think you’re going to be needing a new transmission. The only question is whether it’s now or very soon.
A lot of that black and burnt material is the friction material from the clutches; the rest of it fried fluid.


#8

My car is a Toyota Camry 2003, automatic transmission. If I drive gently, how many more miles can I drive before I need to replace the transmission?
A local auto shop there charge $160 for change the transmission fluid, replace the filter, and clean the pan.


#9

The question is not ( how far can I drive ? ) but do I want 80000 lbs of semi-truck behind me when it fails?