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Where or if there is a dipstick for transmission fluid check? The car is not changing gears properly,it's an automatic.

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    yadayada May 27, 2010

    if the fluid is that low the tranmission would not go into gear and the car would not move, u have some other problem

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The dipstick for the tranny is located near the firewall. It looks like an oil dipstick, but the tube is a bit larger.

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emissionwiz_76.jpg If your vehicle has front-wheel drive, the transmission fluid dipstick is sticking out of the transaxle, as shown here.


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Remove the automatic transmission dipstick from the tube


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Automatic transmission dipstick marks; the proper level for a hot transmission is within the shaded area

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When moving the selector through each range, DO NOT race the engine.
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WARNING Always use DEXRON®III ATF. The use of ATF Type F or any other fluid will cause severe damage to the transmission.

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