Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Do you add tranmission fluid in when transmission hit light comes on

asked by on

My indicator light says transmission hot idle engine

My car has 150 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: The Transmission Hot - Idle Engine message ...

The Transmission Hot - Idle Engine message appears when the transmission fluid is too hot, which prevents the transmission from cooling properly; when this message appears, you should stop and turn off your car. You should only add transmission fluid if the fluid level is low. If the fluid level is good but the fluid looks dirty, a transmission service MAY help. If this issue recurs, a YourMechanic certified mechanic can come to your home or place of business and perform a general warning light inspection or transmission fluid service on your vehicle.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Screeching when I turn

The noise you heard could be power steering pump noise, possibly a bearing, maybe just worn out brakes. I suggest having a certified technician check your vehicle to determine the cause of the screeching noise.

Q: Brake pressure drops with bumpy roads

The brake accumulators on the Prius earlier models were prone to crack from vibrations and cause brakes pressure loss. I would contact your dealer to run your vehicle identification number to check to see if your brakes are covered under...

Q: Can I change the transmission fluid

Hi, thanks for writing in. That "debris" you feel is usually clutch material. Clutch material inside automatic transmissions is very similar to manual transmission clutch material as well as brake pad material. It generally appears as a fine dust. While...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
How to Renew Your Car Registration in Oklahoma(DELETED)
Having your car registered with the Oklahoma Tax Commission is an important part of driving legally in this state. You will need to do this within 30 days of moving to Oklahoma...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...