Automotive Fluid Color Guide For My Vehicle

Have you ever wondered, “Hey, what is this colored liquid coming out of my vehicle?’ well, then you are in the right place. Brid Automotive is here to not only help you with car repairs but to keep you informed on various aspects of your vehicle. This one is automotive fluids and their colors.


Red is the color of your transmission fluid. If you, or your technician, check your transmission fluid, and it is darker, almost black, and not a red color, that means it is time for a transmission flush. Transmission flushes should be performed every 60,000 miles due to the natural dirt and debris entering the fluid as we drive. 


Amber is the color of your engine oil. If you have ever checked your engine oil and noticed it looked black or a darker color, that is not good oil anymore and needs to be replaced. Healthy, new engine oil will look almost as if it was a watered-down pancake syrup. Your oil filter does an excellent job of keeping the oil clean, but over time dirt will get into the oil, and it will need to be replaced. The recommendation is around every 3,000 to 5,000 miles, depending on the oil type.


If any of the fluids in your vehicle’s system look black or have a thick sluge-like consistency, then you need to bring your vehicle into Bird Automotive as soon as you can to get that fluid replaced with a fresh new batch. That sludge consistency can lead to components locking up and causing some significant damage to your vehicle.


Green is the color of antifreeze/coolant. Have you ever wondered what the difference between those two is? Well, your car’s antifreeze is made up of a 50:50 mixture of coolant and water. This mixture has two purposes. The first is to ensure nothing in your vehicle freezes when the weather gets bad, and the second is to pull heat from your engine and ensure it does not overheat.


Last but not least is Blue, the color of your windshield wiper fluid. This may not seem like an important one, but it is. Not only is it essential since it keeps the windshield clean so you can see to drive, but it also is essential to be able to identify the liquid if there is a leak.

Bring your vehicle into Brid Automotive in Oak Grove, MO, today to get a fluid check and refill if needed. Give us a call today or visit online to set an appointment.

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