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I can feel a slight delay in gear changing at times while driving my 1999 ML320 mecerdes. I can order a dipstick to check the fluid. Is there any way to add fluid if its low and is this safe to do so? I live 100 + miles from a Mercerdes dealer.

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Yes the dipstick goes through a hole on the top of the gearbox standing in front of vehicle left a bit on top of the gearbox ,you could put a litre of oil in with no untoward effects and see how it goes ,if you cant see any oil leaks then level should be ok ,?? but with age?? its bound to leak a little even a merc so stick a liter in and try it ,use a funnel and a length of pipe with a bit of thin petel pipe in the end to go through the hole ,doesnt matter if it takes all night to filter through does it ,your not on bonus pay

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