Automatic transmission fluid (ATF), also known as transmission fluid or tranny fluid for short, is the fluid used in vehicles with self-shifting or automatic transmissions. It is typically coloured red or green to distinguish it from motor oil and other fluids in the vehicle.
Engagement is delayed. With low transmission fluid in your vehicle, you will have a temporary delay after you move your gear stick to reverse or drive, trouble shifting gears, erratic or difficult shifts, gear slippage, and transmission becomes overheated.
Yes. There are many, many reasons that the check engine light may come on in you car, truck or SUV. A malfunctioning sensor, low tire pressure, low transmission fluid and so much more will cause the light to come on
Low levels of transmission fluid are usually caused by leaks in the transmission system itself. The seals in the transmission or driveshaft may become faulty and leak fluid. Occasionally, transmission gasket may need to be replaced to seal the leaks in the transmission.
Unlike your engine which can consume oil due to normal use, a transmission is a sealed unit. Have your transmission inspected as soon as possible to avoid internal damage. If your transmission fluid has a brownish tinge and a slightly burnt smell to it, then there is a problem.