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Old 07-11-2012, 12:11 PM   #1
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Found a puddle.....

Came home from a 3 week vacation to find a puddle of trans fluid under the Jeep. When I checked the fluid I started the Jeep, let it run for a 30 sec or so and then shut it down. Pulled the stick, wiped it, pulled back out and the level showed normal.
Was that the best way to check trans level? If not what is?
Seeing this puddle and the level still reading good, I just want to ensure I'm checking it accurately and not driving around on low fluid.
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Old 07-11-2012, 12:14 PM   #2
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I think the best way is to let it run a little, put it in neutral and put on the brake, and then check it WHILE it is running. I could be wrong but I think so

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Old 07-11-2012, 01:08 PM   #3
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Yup, bring your engine up to operating temperature and do this:

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I think the best way is to let it run a little, put it in neutral and put on the brake, and then check it WHILE it is running.
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Old 07-11-2012, 02:07 PM   #4
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Transmission fluid or engine oil? They are separate things.

I dont have a dip stick on the tranny, just on the engine, you just have to check the tranny via the fill plug.
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Old 07-11-2012, 02:18 PM   #5
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Transmission fluid or engine oil? They are separate things.

I dont have a dip stick on the tranny, just on the engine, you just have to check the tranny via the fill plug.
An automatic will have a dip stick. If it is ATF it could be from the power steering as well.
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Old 07-11-2012, 03:26 PM   #6
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It's just mad that you went on a long vacation and didn't take it out to play so it peed on the floor.

I know, I'm no help at all...
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Old 07-11-2012, 03:34 PM   #7
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where exactly was the puddle underneath the jeep? if it was under the front of the trans, it could be a rear main seal.
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Old 07-11-2012, 03:41 PM   #8
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I think the best way is to let it run a little, put it in neutral and put on the brake, and then check it WHILE it is running. I could be wrong but I think so
This but go into drive and reverse before neutral, with foot on the brake of course.

Look underneath and see where the leak is coming from.
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Old 07-11-2012, 03:56 PM   #9
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The auto trans, power steering and transfer case all take ATF (at least for my '01). So you will need to see where the leak is coming from.

In addition to having the engine running and trans in neutral, I think it should be warm as well. So I would drive around a little first.

It just dawned on me. I bet the reason why the trans needs to be in neutral is because the 32rh doesn't pump fluid to the radiator cooler while in park. So it would read more full than it really is. After all these years....
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You probably haven't lost as much fluid as you think you did. ATF spreads out, a lot! That's most likely between a teaspoon to a tablespoon of fluid, if even that much.
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Old 07-11-2012, 06:14 PM   #11
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It's just mad that you went on a long vacation and didn't take it out to play so it peed on the floor.

I know, I'm no help at all...
HAHAHAHA, That's what I was thinking.....

everyone else....it says. "Trans fluid"

Drove up to the gas station, re-checked the level, It was low. Got the level back to Normal and she's driving like normal again.
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Old 07-12-2012, 07:34 AM   #12
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As far as checking the transmission fluid, if its a manual, there is a fill bolt up towards the top passenger side, take the bolt out and stick your finger in it. If you feel fluid at the top, then you're good. Most reliable way I know of.

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