Any time your car experiences a fluid leak it can be alarming, as all of your car’s fluids are important and necessary. Therefore, it is best to avoid fluid leaks all together by implementing a preventive maintenance routine with a trusted automotive professional. It is also important that you as a Mercedes driver know more about what could potentially lead to fluid leaks and what helps distinguish fluids from one another.
In this article, we will specifically go over the factors behind transmission leaks in your Mercedes; symptoms you should be aware of, how to take care of your Mercedes in an effort to prevent transmission leaks, how to distinguish transmission fluid from other fluids in your car, and possible causes of transmission leaks.
Why is Transmission Fluid Important?
Transmission leaks are one of the more concerning fluid leaks, as they can often be difficult to address and create an onslaught of other performance issues in your Mercedes-Benz. Transmission fluid is important because it keeps all the moving parts of the transmission well lubricated; but it also performs other important functions. Since the transmission is a complex system, here are some of the parts that could be at the heart of the issue:
- Valve body
- Torque converter
- Planetary gear set
These parts are further broken down into other components which can also fail and cause leaks. It is also important to remember that automatic and manual transmissions differ greatly, so understanding that the fluid plays different roles in each and leaks can come from different places is a reality. Therefore, it’s important to have a professional diagnose the problem with accuracy.
Why Do Transmission Leaks Occur?
As with any system that contains fluid, there are components designed to fill gaps and crevices to eliminate the chance of fluid escaping. Some of these parts include: seals, valves, transmission fluid pumps, and transmission fluid lines that carry the fluid. If any of these parts becomes damaged or punctured, it can lead to a transmission fluid leak.
Symptoms and Warnings to Remain Vigilant of
Without the right amount, quality, or type of transmission fluid, your Mercedes’ performance will suffer without question. Now that you know how important and complex your transmission is, here is what you can expect if you are leaking transmission fluid:
- Transmission fluid beneath the car
- Gear shifting problems and difficulty, such as slippage or shifting hesitation
- Engine temperatures rising out of normal range
- Acceleration stumbling, jerking, or bucking
In order to recognize what type of fluid your car is leaking, it’s best to have an understanding of what all the basic fluids in your car look, smell, and feel like. Transmission fluid is usually a dark red/brown color, somewhat thicker in consistency than other fluids. Transmission fluid leaks can cause significant damage to your vehicle, so it’s best to abstain from driving before a professional diagnosis and treats the problem.
How to Maintain Your Transmission Fluid
Of course maintaining your transmission fluid begins with finding a Mercedes specializing automotive professional you can trust. Fluid care in particular really only involves these few tasks:
- Flushing and replacing the fluid periodically
- Making sure the fluid is kept at the appropriate level
- Making sure fluid isn’t leaking
- Checking the fluid for imperfections or contamination
- Performing ongoing, routine inspections of your transmission and transmission components (including the fluid, of course)
The best way to make sure these maintenance tasks are achieved is to refer to your specific vehicle’s owner’s manual for appropriate maintenance intervals, replacement part lists, and ongoing maintenance tasks that need to be performed. It is also wise to collaborate with your automotive professional for the entire life of your vehicle.
How We Can Help You
The Mercedes experts here at Green Garage service a range of Mercedes-Benz models from the areas of Winter Park and Orlando, FL. Our clients have trusted our expertise and skill for years, and we make it a point to perform every repair and maintenance task with the same perfectionism and attention to detail. If you have recently experienced a transmission leak, or would like to establish an ongoing care regimen for your Mercedes, please get in touch with one of our specialists today.