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How to check the transmisson oil fluid and where is located ?

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Look under the intake tube near the fan area. You are looking for a yellow tab dipstick with metal holding clip that you need to move and pull the dipstick out.

And the engine should be running and warm.

When you are checking the trans. fluid with the engine running, becareful to keep your hand away from the fan area so your hand or clothing doesn't get caught up in it and do you harm.

Keep in mind that even though the fluid may look dark, it doesn't mean that it needs to be replaced. Take a whiff of it to see if it smells burnt. Look at the fluid on the dipstick for small metal flakes/particles, if it smells burnt or you see metal flakes/particles, you should have it flushed.

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In the engine compartment its red and the engine must be running when you check fill up where needed their is a full line

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