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I never heard top up but have heard of top off. That just means to fill to the level. Checking your transmission fluid is just like checking your oil. The cap usually will even say transmission fluid. Just pull the dipstick out, wipe it clean then put back in. Pull back out again and on the dipstick there will be markings for the level of fluid. Some say "add" at the bottom of the dipstick. Some say "max" and "min" for the levels. Check to see where its at on the dipstick and add some if it is low.

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