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Old 11-21-2010   #1
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How to Read Trans Dipstick

Yes, I know the fluid is supposed to be on the upper mark of the dipstick and that the engine needs to be warm and running.

I've done the change a few times, with little trouble, I can't seem to get an accurate read on the dipstick this time though and its driving me nuts. Working outside in the snow today, I actually drained the fluid out and poured it completely back in to try and get a more accurate read, I still don't feel confident though. Does anyone have any tips?
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Re: How to Read Trans Dipstick

I make sure the level is dead center between the upper and lower mark.

drive around the block a couple times and warm the motor
Park flat...
Pop the hood and pull the dipstick, wipe it with a paper towel
Put it back in all the way as far as it will go..
Pull it out, wherever the mark is, is where your oil level really is.
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Re: How to Read Trans Dipstick

Yup, thats exactly what I do..

But, the whole dipstick seems to be covered with a sheen of oil. Unlike the engine dipstick, I can't seem to discern any clear line.
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Re: How to Read Trans Dipstick

Maybe you have too much oil -shrugs-

But the again, my engine dipstick does that too, dunno
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Re: How to Read Trans Dipstick

trans fluid has to be fully warmed up. it can take a while in winter. drive in lower gears and at least 30 mins if not longer. if i drive too little, reading is not accurate. it takes the trans a long time to really get to operating temp. oh if you mean getting a reading that you can see the line, you have to be super quick with the dipstick. like stick in and pull out within 1 second. if you leave it too long you will just have fluid splash everywhere. also make sure stick is completely dry with a cotton cloth, not papertowel.
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Re: How to Read Trans Dipstick

Okay, I usually leave it in for a second then I pull it out. My friend, whose also pretty experienced, just tried reading it and was having trouble as well. Leaving it in for a couple seconds might be why.
Would the car being in P, N, or a drive gear affect the reading?
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Re: How to Read Trans Dipstick

it should be in park when you check it.
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Re: How to Read Trans Dipstick

Thats what I thought, but my friend suggested neutral since we were having trouble getting a clear reading. Thanks.
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Re: How to Read Trans Dipstick

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I make sure the level is dead center between the upper and lower mark.

drive around the block a couple times and warm the motor
Park flat...
Pop the hood and pull the dipstick, wipe it with a paper towel
Put it back in all the way as far as it will go..
Pull it out, wherever the mark is, is where your oil level really is.
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