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How does one check the transmission fluid in this vehicle?

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All the information is in the owners manual. The van needs to be on level ground. The trani fluid should be at operating temp. and either in park or neutral. With the van running, pull the dip-stick, wipe it off, stick it back in, pull it out again and look at where the fluid level is in reference to the full and add lines.
The type of fluid that needs to be added to the trani will be stamped into the dip-stick. If you don't see it then open the owners manual. Don't guess, it isn't just ATF any more.

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