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How Do I Read Tranmission Fluid Dipstick?

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Automatic transmission fluid is as important as engine oil. Like the engine it is also necessary to check the ATF, someone asks us how do I read transmission fluid dipstick? Well there are readings you need to be done when engine is cold and when the engine is hot.


How to read transmission fluid dipstick
Step 1. To read transmission fluid dipstick, park the car on a level ground then wait for the engine to warm up. While warming up the engine, look around the transmission and check for any leakage of transmission fluid. image

Step 2. After the engine warmed up locate the transmission dipstick and check the fluid at fluid temperatures of 86 to 122 °F using “COLD” range on dipstick.

Step 3. Start the engine and move the selector lever on every gear position, then leave the selector level in park “P” position. Usually this is located at back of the engine and is shorter than the engine oil dipstick.

Step 4. Check the fluid level with the engine idling. Remove the dipstick and take note of the reading, wipe with a clean rag and re-insert again the dipstick on the charging pipe.

Step 5. Remove the dipstick and take note of the reading, if the reading is at low side of either range, add automatic transmission fluid on the charging pipe, do not overfill.

Step 6. Drive your car for about 5 minutes, and recheck the fluid level at fluid temperatures of 122 to 176 °F using “Hot” range or dipstick.

You can also check the A/T fluid condition, if the fluid is very dark or smells burned, check the transmission for any problems and repair if necessary.

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