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Where do I check the transmission fluid on a 1997 Hyundai excel

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Remove Transmission Fluid Level Check
Locate and remove the transmission fluid level checker, in most cars and trucks this is where the fluid is checked and added.
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Insert fluid funnel and add transmission fluid until the proper amount of fluid level is reached. Let engine warm and recheck fluid level, add fluid as needed. Do not over fill the transmission, it could foam the fluid and cause low fluid pressure causing premature transmission failure. recheck transmission for leaks and recheck fluid level in a couple of days.

1. Park the vehicle on a level surface. 2. Before removing the dipstick, wipe all dirt from the area around the dipstick. 3. With the selector lever in "P" (Park) and the parking brake applied, start the engine. 4. The engine should be running at idle speed and the fluid should be at normal operating temperature [80-90°C (176-194°F)]. 5. Move the selector lever to every position to fill the torque converter and hydraulic circuit with fluid, then place the lever in the "N" (Neutral) position. This operation checks that fluid level check is accurate. 6. Check if the fluid level is in the "HOT" range shown on the dipstick. If the fluid is low, add automatic transaxle fluid until the level reaches the "HOT" range.

Posted on Aug 13, 2008

  • Elias Mavropoulos
    Elias Mavropoulos Aug 13, 2008

    Low fluid level can cause a variety of conditions because
    it allows the pump to take in air along with the fluid. Air trapped in the
    hydraulic circuit forms bubbles which will aerate the fluid, causing pressures
    to be erratic. Improper filling can also cause the fluid level to be too high.
    When the transaxle has too much fluid, the gears churn up foam and cause the
    same conditions which occur with a low fluid level, resulting in accelerated
    deterioration of automatic transaxle fluid. In either case, air bubbles can
    cause overheating, fluid oxidation, and varnishing, which can interfere with
    normal valve, clutch, and servo operation. Foaming can also result in fluid
    escaping from the transaxle vent where it may be mistaken for a leak. Along with
    fluid level, it is important to check the condition of the fluid. When fluid
    smells burned, and is contaminated with metal bushing or friction material
    particles, a complete transaxle overhaul is needed. Be sure to examine the fluid
    on the dipstick closely. If there is any doubt about its condition, drain out a
    sample to verify. After the fluid has been checked, seat dipstick fully to seal
    out water and dirt.



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