My son hit a pothole and knocked a small hole in the trans pan which we fixed with some speed steel repair putty. The tranny fluid dipstick says the fluid level is good but the pan is now empty, we pulled the plug and none came out. When the car is put in gear it won't move until about 3000 RPMs, a classic sign of low of tranny fluid. But how can we get fluid intro the pan if the resorvior shows it is full on the dipstick?
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Hi , being that the transmission shouldn't have a dipstick, the transmission pan will need to be removed in order to remove and change the filter, pretty straight forward , after the transmission lower pan bolts are removed, clean the pan and remove the filter by carefully pulling it from the valve body , a slight twist and tug should do it . than replace the filter by pushing it back up into the valve body. replace the blots and torque to 14 inch lbs.at the top of the transmission their should be a red or black fill plug . add 4 quarts of fluid to the transmission through this hole . start the car and run it through the gears . now back under the car there is a small 11 mm plug at the drivers side of the trans near where the axel shaft comes out ... remove this plug/bolt with the engine running and car in park . fluid should trickle out of this hole , if not still with the engine running pour additional trans fluid in the fill hole until fluid starts to trickle from lower hole , once that happens replace the 11mm bolt in the lower hole and replace the fill cap. road test the car and your all done
The dipstick is located near the back of the engine near the engine firewall (on top). Also its a red color. You shouldn't miss it. It is not true that you don't need to change the fluid for 200,000 miles like someone said above. Mercedes recommends changing it at 50,000 miles and that's when I had mine done to protect my warranty by following the guidelines.
That vehicle has no dipstick. There are two plugs on the transmission pan. The lower one drains the fluid, the higher one is for the fluid level. When you open the upper plug and the drivetrain is warmed up, fluid should be level (close) to the bottom of the plug hole. Inotherwords, a small amount spilling out when you open the plug indicates that the transmission is full. This is also the hole that is used for adding fluid.
I'm pretty sure that year does not have a dipstick or dipstick tube. Instead there will be two drain plugs on the transmission pan. One is the drain plug and the one more to the rear and to the side (i'm going off memory here so I might be wrong) if the fill plug.
The engine will need to be running when you remove the fill plug. I will warn you that it is common for the nut for the fill plug to break loose inside of the drain pain making it impossible to remove. The fix for this is to replace the pan. If you get the plug out you will need to use a pump to add fluid to the trans until fluid starts to come out of the fill hole. When the fluid is done draining back out the trans fluid is full and the level plug can be reinstalled.
Have a drain pan under the trans before you start removing the fill plug to catch any fluid that may come out or any fluid that comes out after you fill the trans.
If you have any questions i'll be happy to answer them.
Transmission fluid is drained by removing the bottom pan off the transmission. There is no drain plug. If unobstructed by a crossmember,support or the exhaust, you can do this your self. Obtain a filter and gasket set, 1 can of brake cleaner, and 1 gallon of recommended transmission fluid from local parts store. Remove negative battery cable. Raise and support front of vehicle using jack stands or ramps. Set parking brake.
Loosen bolts 3/4 way around pan and put a catch pan beneath trans. pan. Slowly loosen remaining bolts until fluid begins to drain from 1 corner, loosen as it drains until you can remove pan. (its messy no matter how careful you are) Clean pan out well using brake cleaner. Clean outer rim/gasket surface of pan and mating surface of transmission thouroughly as to leave no evidence of old gasket or sealant down to shiny metal. You can use a bit of fine sandpaper or steel wool to help. Do not oversand. Clean all surfaces completely finishing with a wipe off using brake cleaner, make sure pan and trans. mating surfaces are dry and free of fluid. Install new filter in transmission, then gasket and pan as advised by instructions in filter/gasket kit. Re-fill transmission fluid through dipstick hole marked TRANS or TRANS FLUID in engine compartment using a funnel in dipstick tube. Put in about 2 quarts, then start engine in park on level surface. Put in SMALL amounts of fluid , re-checking level continuously until proper level is reached. Drive car 10-20 miles and re-check fluid level again, add accordingly. DO NOT overfill transmission, as seal damage will result. If you overfill, drain small amount off by loosening pan bolts slightly and jacking up one side of vehicle to make gravity force some out. Let us know how you do :)
Well I guess you have figured out there is no dipstick. There are two plugs in the rear transmission pan. The bottom plug is for draining and the upper plug is for for filling and checking. Trans must be in park with the engine running and fluid should stream from hole when full.
there is no dipstick on the transmission. The transmission uses a standpipe in the trans pan. If you look under the vehicle on the transmission pan you will see a drain plug. In the center of the drain plug is a small torx head bolt thatis attached to a tube which goes up about 2" into the transmission pan. The idea is that if you remove the torx bolt (engine running) and fluid comes out in a trickle then the level is ok. If no fluid comes then the level is low. On the passengers side of the trans toward the top of the trans is a large torx or hex style plug that you can fill the fluid from. It is easier in my opinion to just force fluid up the standpipe hole until it trickles out. I use a BBQ flavor injector (Walmart). It looks like a large syringe and it is used to inject fluids into meat. Just don't use it for food if you use it for fluid.
Only so many places these trans 41 TE can leak on the vans. Lines on top, speed sensors(input, output)one is below the lines the other is to right of the lines. Dipstick tube, trans solenoid gasket, Oil pan & extension gasket. Wipe off & clean area very well. Lines leaking, check clamps first before replacing. Speed sensor leaking replace o ring, Dipstick tube replace o ring, Trans solenoid replace gasket, Extension plate replace gasket If the pan is leaking you change the trans filter & put a gasket on the pan. The book says RTV on the pan, but FelPro make a gasket for the pan $6.99. Use a Chrysler trans filter!!!! O rings for sensors, tube around $3 each, trans solenoid gasket $3, extension gasket $10, Filter $11 + gasket $7 & 4qts trans fluid if doing the filter or extension gasket.
If it doesn't have a dipstick for trans it must be an L-Series.They have a plug you remove from the bottom end of tunnel on the trans.If fluid come out with it running,supposedly it's full but it's a bad design.best way is to remove trans pan,drain fliud(replace filter if needed)Re-attach pan & gasket.Re-fill with 7qts Mercon 3 fluid.Hope this helps