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Is there a manual transmission dipstick on 97 4Runner?

I'm currently on a road trip (500 miles left to go) and noticed quite a bit of "fluid" covering the transmission and transfer case. I just had the transfer case and both differentials serviced last week and just wanted to make sure there's enough fluid in the manual transmission system. Now I can't find the dipstick anywhere!!! (And I don't even know if manual transmissions come with them...) Any ideas?

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  • tjm3138 May 11, 2010

    no it doesnt have a dipstick.

  • Anonymous Mar 15, 2014

    Would like to know the type of fluid that goes in my 1997 4 wheel drive Chevrolet s10 it has a manual 5 speed transmission and is 4 wheel drive I would like to know what type and how much fluid goes in each of the driveline components everything from the transmission transfer case and the two differentials thank you

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There is no dipstick there is plugs in the side of the transmission. if you have a 3/8 ratchet you can remove the higher plug 4" above the bottom of the transmission. stick you finger in the hole to see if you can reach down and get oil on your finger. if you dont have any tools I would be heading to a quuick lube shop and getting the transmission levels checked and topped up if needed. mike

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