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ATF not red anymore? Topic is solved

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ATF not red anymore?

Post by Clemens » Fri Sep 15, 2017 12:58 am

The other day I checked the ATF level on my 96 R and discovered that it was a bit low. The strange thing is that the color of the ATF was neither red nor dirtyish brown but rather clear. I had replaced it two years ago and do an additional drain/refill once or twice a year. The fluid still smells like ATF, but the red seems to be gone. Sincr I was a bit low on fluid and it still smells like ATF I am ruling the chance of radiator/tranny cooler leak out.

I've always used Mobil ATF 320 which covers Dex 3G.

Is it normal that the ted color disappears before the fluid turns nasty brown?


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Re: ATF not red anymore?  Topic is solved

Post by wizechatmgr » Fri Sep 15, 2017 3:22 am

Sounds like ATF where the dye just gave up the ghost. I've seen this in my commercial trucks as well... Last time I questioned our fleet mechanic he said to not worry about it.


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Re: ATF not red anymore?

Post by Clemens » Sat Sep 16, 2017 3:26 pm

thanks, now I can go to bed happily...


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Re: ATF not red anymore?

Post by tyguyc » Fri Oct 11, 2019 1:47 pm

This is super interesting. Is there and follow up here? Any negative effects? Did the fluid turn brown?



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