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How to check the transmission fluid level with the engine on or off

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You have to check the transmission fluid with the engine running. Once you start the engine then run through all of the gears with the parking brake engaged and then place the transmission into park. Then allow the engine to idle for a few seconds and then check the fluid level on your dipstick.

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Egine running and fluid at a minimum of 180 degrees F.

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Car needs to be running and in park, once operating temperature reaches then check the fluid and it should be in the crosshairs area of the dipstick. if it is too dark then it needs replaced.

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