Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Drained the wrong fluid

asked by on

I accidentally drained transmission fluid instead of the oil while attempting to change the oil.

Hello! Believe it or not, that has been done several times before on Subarus. The transmission drain looks very similar to the oil drain, so they can easily be mistaken for one another. Usually, the transmission will just have to be properly filled with new fluid, and all will be fine. It is not recommended to drive a vehicle with low transmission fluid, because fatal damage to the transmission will occur. You may benefit from a mobile automotive service, such as YourMechanic, who can send a certified technician out to you for transmission fluid service.

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

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: How much to replace O2 sensors on 2008 Subaru Tribeca?

Hi there. It's hard to say for sure whether the warning light you're getting is caused by the O2 sensors themselves. It is very common for the sensors electrical harness to be faulty or the catalytic converter to be worn...

Q: Heater blows cold air

Hello. The Heater/AC control panel utilizes vacuum (from the engine) to actuate the hot water control valve - regulating heat from the heater. A vacuum leak, bad hot water control valve, or the heater control panel itself may have failed....

Q: VVT VS VCT

Mike, you are very welcome! Keep in mind there are several components to these systems, and the issue may not be the solenoid alone. Despite the cause of the noise, the technician will be there to find it and help...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.