Transmission fluid is black

Tiny
ED STRETCH
  • 2011 TOYOTA RAV4
  • 37,000 MILES

Transmission fluid is black. Is there a problem I should be aware of when I take the car to the dealership tomorrow?

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Tuesday, December 11th, 2012 AT 4:42 PM

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Tiny
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There might be however you won't know till they take the pan off and see whats in it. Do you tow alot with it? Usually black fluid indicates slipping or towing and over working or overheating the trans.

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Tuesday, December 11th, 2012 AT 4:45 PM
Tiny
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No towing at all. Used mostly on highway. Auto transmission works fine no smells or noises.
I will ask dealer to inspect pan. They initially just want to change the fluid.

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Tuesday, December 11th, 2012 AT 4:47 PM
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Changing the fluid is needed but I would ask what is in the pan. If there is a trans problem coming then there will be debri in the pan and being that the drive train should be still under warranty now it the time to take care of it.

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Tuesday, December 11th, 2012 AT 4:56 PM
Tiny
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Thanks for this great service! I am pleased to be able to ask intelligent questions when I take the car for service.

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Tuesday, December 11th, 2012 AT 5:04 PM
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You are quite welcome. Let me know how it goes ok

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Thursday, December 13th, 2012 AT 4:47 PM

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