The transmission is one of the most important components of your vehicle. If you spot a leak— an oily, red fluid present on the ground toward the front, middle of your vehicle—it’s important to have the leak fixed. Running out of transmission fluid can lead to a burnt-up transmission.
Reasons for Transmission Fluid Leaks
Automotive Corporation advises that transmission fluid leaks are more common in front-wheel drive vehicles than in rear-wheel drive vehicles. Rear-wheel drive vehicles include many BMW and Mercedes-Benz models, as well as high-performance cars like the Dodge Challenger, Ford Mustang, and Tesla Model S. Many SUVs are also rear-wheel drive like the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Toyota 4Runner, and Chevy Suburban. Compact to mid-size cars typically have front-wheel drive. With that in mind, here are reasons for transmission fluid leaks.