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Most cars have a tube-like device with a removable fluid level checking "dip stick" in it connected to the transmission. The d stick has fluid level marks on its very tip showing low to full. You wipe the d stick clean insert it with the motor running in park gear. Insert and remove and take a look at the end of the d stick. Your looking for wetness of oil and this gives you the actual level of oil in the tranny. Compare the wetness to markings on the stick to tell if you need to add more ATF oil to the unit or not. Add a 3rd of a quart at a time and recheck until the wetness is at the full mark - if low on fluid. This dip stick and tube is usually spotted easily by looking for its special knob end - which can be yellow, red or have TRANS written on it somewhere around the motor area - and don't confuse the motor oil dip stick for the one you're looking for. Some cars have no such device. Checking then become a mechanics chore once the car is up on a lift. This link shows great products to assure years longer transmission life. Hope this helps. http://www.auto-tune-up-and-repair-options.com/Transmission-Help.html
look on dip stick you should see cross hatched area with add oil or oil full mark.if you wipe oil dip stick with a clean paper towel and dip stick look dry no sign of oil add little oil at a time see if oil level reach add oil mark or the full mark.if oil is low. low oil light will turn on if bulb is blowed but if dip stick look dry oil level could be low,add little bit at a time dont over fill.
The safest way to be sure you don't overfill the motor with engine oil is: after draining the oil pan and installing the drain plug, put the new filter on and add three quarts of approved oil to the engine. pull the dipstick and wipe it clean, re-insert and check the accurate oil level. there should be oil either at the very bottom of the dipstick or between two holes or on what looks like a hashmark. if the oil is at the bottom of the dipstick, add one more quart, then start the engine. let it run for about 30 seconds then shut if off. check the dipstick just like before. The oil level should be right at the top oil level mark on the dipstick. It's ok if it is a little low but NOT OK to be above the line or mark.
REMOVE THE CAP FROM THE RESIVOR AND YOU WILL SEE A STICK GAUGE AS PART OF THE CAP, WIPE CLEAN AND LOOK AT THE GAUGING ON THE STICK TO SEE WHERE THE FULL MARK IS, ALSO MAKE SURE ENGINE IS WARM, PUT CAP ON AND THEN REMOVE AND SEE WHERE THE OIL GOES ON THE STICK IF LOW ADD AS NEEDED AND CHECK AGAIN, THEN START ENGINE AND TURN WHEEL TO LEFT AND FULL RIGHT TURNS AND THEN BACK TO STRAIGHT, SHUT MOTOR DOWN AND CHECK THE LEVEL AGAIN IS STILL LOW ADD AGAIN, HOPE THIS HELPS.
It gives 3 quarts just as a starting point, it says this for the 4-cyl and 6-cyl, just so you don't overfill it. The distance between the two marks/notches on the dipstick represents 1-quart. If it's exactly on the low mark, then add 3/4 of a quart and see where it ends up, should be about 3/4 of the way to the other notch. Don't add quarts at a time, overfilling your oil can be just as bad or worse than if you underfill it. You'll be breaking oil seals all over....not good! :)
If the oil light is on, Don't drive your car until you've checked the oil level . The oil light is an indicator that warns you when the oil level has dropped to an unsafe level and will not allow proper oil flow thru the motor because the oil pressure is dropping.
Don't take a chance! Check the oil level. Make sure it's between the full and add 1 quart line. If you don't see anything on the dipstick, it's really low... If you run your car with low oil, you're going to freeze up the motor.
If the oil level is ok and the oil light is still on, have the pressure sender checked to make sure there's proper oil pressure. The light will stay on if there's a problem..
Your oil level is low. Wait until the motor is cold and check your oil level. You could also check your level after a drive just shut the motor down and wait 20 minutes for the oil to seep back down out of the block. Pull the dipstick, whipe it clean and did it in again and see what your reading is. If it is between Min and Max towards the middle of both it is fine. If It is all the way up by Max you may have too much, but I bet your oil level is low, I bet when you check it, it will be down near the min mark. If thats the case, find out what type of oil your car uses and buy one quart of oil and add some of it to your motor. I recommend you add about a quarter of the bottle, then stop check the dip stick if still low add a little more. If the level is good then stop. It is critical not to add too much oil. When cars get older they tend to run hot and burn oil. My van does the same thing, I can change the oil and add 5 quarts and about 3 weeks to a month later I have to add a little more and I usually can hear when i need to add some oil because I get a rattle/ping and the idle just doesnt sound right, but once I add the little bit of oil everything is all good.
The check engine light doesn't monitor those things, it's an emissions warning. monitors a host of things that are emissions related. You need to have it checked by a technician. The most common cause is a loose (or defective) gas cap. Make sure it clicks when you fill up. As for being 1/4 qt low on oil, don't add that small of an amount. Only add if it's a full quart low. If you check it soon after the engine has been running it'll show low because there's still a lot of oil upstairs in the engine. The dipstick measures what's down low in the oil pan. Also don't add anything to the radiator; only add to the overflow jar. It's marked high and low; those are actually temperature dependent marks, it should be at the high mark when the engine is warm and low when the engine is cold. Coolant expands and contracts with temperature. Don't add straight H2O either; that should be 50-50 coolant/water. They'll do that when you get the oil changed.