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Where is the transmission dip stick in the engine bay it has a slight grinding some times when in gear and idolling in drive and reverse

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It depends on what make and model,( but if it is a rear wheel drive) it will be located on the passenger side at the very rear (side) of the motor. Most front wheel drive cars are located on the drivers side, where you could lean over the left front fender. You may want to post what year, make, and model.

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    it is a ford falcon forte au 1999

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