Tranmission level question

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Old 30 Apr 2005, 11:07 am   #1 (permalink)
david
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I just got my 2000 camry transmission flushed yesterday and this
morning checked the level (engine cold) and notice the level at the
"hot" end of the dipstick. Is this level correct for the cold
engine/transmission

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Old 30 Apr 2005, 09:26 pm   #2 (permalink)
Qslim
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Default Re: Tranmission level question

No. When the fluid is cold, it should be in the 'cold' range on the
dipstick. Notice I said when the fluid is cold, not the engine. Hold the
dipstick to your cheek. If you get burned, then the level should be in the
'hot' range. Oh, and the vehicle should be running and on a level surface,
too.

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Old 01 May 2005, 07:37 am   #3 (permalink)
Daniel
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Default Re: Tranmission level question

If you check the dipstick with the engine cold and not running the
level will be too high.
With the engine cold, shifted through the gears and back, and idling,
the level should be in the "cold" range on the dipstick, but this is
only a preliminary guide.
You need to bring the engine (and transmission) to operating
temperature to get a final accurate level reading. This means driving
at least ten miles. If the car has been driven at high speed, or stop
and go traffic in hot weather with the air conditioning on an accurate
reading cannot be obtained.

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Old 01 May 2005, 03:20 pm   #4 (permalink)
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Default Re: Tranmission level question

Qslim wrote:
> No. When the fluid is cold, it should be in the 'cold' range on the
> dipstick. Notice I said when the fluid is cold, not the engine. Hold
> the dipstick to your cheek. If you get burned, then the level should


Qslim,
If I see someone with red stripes and/or blisters on their cheeks should I
assume they are a transmission tech? :-)
Sorry, couldn't resist.
davidj92


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Old 02 May 2005, 09:04 am   #5 (permalink)
Hopkins
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Default Re: Tranmission level question

Daniel is right -- whether you check hot or cold level, the engine
needs to be running.

With the car on level ground, start the engine, shift through the gears
[with your foot on the brake!] and then check fluid level with the
engine running [in Park].

And then follow through with the rest of Daniel's post for checking
while hot.

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