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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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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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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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.