Transmission Fluid and
burning smell while
drive down the road or after stopping when the car is still hot is most
likely caused by a fluid leaking onto a hot exhaust pipe or other hot
surface. The leak could be engine oil, transmission fluid,
power steering fluid or brake fluid. The leak could also be
coolant but the smell is much different than a fluid leak.
You can small overheated brakes also, but again, the smell is much
different from burning fluid.
Since it may be difficult and
time-consuming to determine the source of a fluid leak, the best
approach is to check all your fluid levels at your earliest opportunity
and top off any that are low. This will get you by
temporarily until you have a chance to locate and repair the leak.
If you find that your transmission
fluid is low, you must continue to check it daily until the leak is
repaired. Operating your car with low transmission fluid will
cause serious internal transmission damage.
Also, be advised that fluid leaking onto hot exhaust pipes is the
number one cause of vehicles fires. Therefore, fixing a fluid
leak should be a priority item on your "to-do" list.
transmission overheats the transmission fluid becomes
oxidized. Oxidized fluid has a very distinct burnt odor that
you can only smell when checking the transmission fluid level and
condition. Simply placing the tip of the transmission dip
stick near your nostrils is all it takes to check for
WARNING: A automatic
transmission running on oxidized transmission fluid will suffer
catastrophic damage fairly quickly. Check fluid condition
each time you check the fluid level. If the fluid smells
burnt, replace it immediately with fresh fluid.
to properly check transmission fluid level and condition
Learn how quickly excessive heat can ruin a transmission