On most of the newer cars there is no transmission dipstick and therefore over there is no method for the consumer to check the problem or the level the the automatically transmission liquid and likewise there is no method for the consumer to add fluid or infection additives. Is there a method around acquisition the vehicle to a dealer or a mechanic?

You nothing say what year/model auto you’re questioning about. But you could try searching ~ above YouTube because that a video clip about “transmission liquid 2012 honda civic”, for example, and also some has probably posted a video clip showing how to perform so on your vehicle.

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jesmed1: I currently have a 2013 Kia Sportage LX through a 2.4L I-4, yet I had the very same thing on a 2006 Chevrolet HHR LS.

I haven’t seen your particular car, yet there should be a “fill” plug on the next of the transmission case. Don’t remove the “drain” plug on the bottom the the case unless you want all the liquid to pour out in you!

To check fluid level/condition, park on a level surface. Set the brake. Eliminate the “fill” plug ~ above the next of the transmission case, no the “drain” plug in the bottom! Stick your finger right into the hole. Feel around for fluid, which must be level through the lower edge of the hole. Check color/smell of fluid on your finger. Reinstall plug.

If you want to include fluid, that’s harder.

db4690 July 30, 2014, 4:40am #5

For numerous years now, Benz has had actually automatic transmissions with no dipstick, no dipstick tube, and also no “fill” plug on the side of the case

You drainpipe from the bottom. Then you remove the pan, replace the filter and gasket. Climate you use a an equipment to fill from the bottom. The fluid is checked from the bottom, at a details temperature.

I left out a few minor details, by the way

As far as i know, some Toyota transmissions are additionally the exact same way. A residence mechanic could organization them, if he buys a an equipment which can pressure atf into the transmission, under pressure, with the proper adapters.

I’m not second guessing you

I’m simply saying that part manufacturers yes, really don’t do it easy

EK_Hammer July 30, 2014, 4:49am #6

My last 2 F150’s don’t have actually a dive stick. I think it’s idiotic. They had actually to fix my 2011 since of that.

Tester July 30, 2014, 5:08am #7

Some transmissions have actually a was standing pipe.

You remove the drainpipe plug and the stand pipe shows if there’s sufficient transmission fluid. If a little dribbles out there’s sufficient fluid. If naught comes the end the fluid’s low. And as mentioned, you need a method to pump the transmission liquid up the stand pipe until liquid runs out.

But this is even better. Some manufacturers have actually a spec that shows if the transmission fluid needs servicing. Friend hook a scanner up and compare the temperature that the liquid relative come the pressure. If it’s out of spec, climate the liquid is replaced with tranny liquid exchange machine.


Argeebee July 30, 2014, 5:09am #8

db4690 & EK Hammer: i guess putting ATF or an additive in yourself is the end of the question. In the volume the automobile manufacturers room dealing with, castle are more than likely saving around $1.00 per car. I, personally, would gladly salary the extra $1.00 for the engine safety.

Nevada_545 July 30, 2014, 6:19am #9

The manufactures are saving much more than a dollar on warranty cases by maintaining out the additives, dirt and unnecessary fluid.

Filling to the proper level is excellent a specific temperatures to acquire the level correct. On your infection I believe it is 122F come 140F. The amateurs at the regional oil adjust facility have actually no company checking or adding fluid/additives. The lack of a infection dipstick will certainly prevent difficulties when your vehicle is in for service.

Argeebee July 30, 2014, 2:01pm #10

Nevada_545: What you space saying would certainly be true except for one thing. The automaker puts rule in the warranty the state that certain changes come the engine will void the warranty, they could easily state the additives void the warranty. The presence of a dipstick permits the consumer to prevent warranty cases by ensuring liquid is at the appropriate level. By her logic, the oil dipstick have to be removed also.

Yosemite July 30, 2014, 4:40pm #11

Maybe the manufactures are keeping some civilization from including those additives to the trams, yet they have eliminated the possibility for human being to check the level. Many world would favor to maintain those things and at the very least see if that low.How would certainly a person know if there to be a leak various other than a puddle below the car. We all know some seals just leak when the car is under load and also moving. Therefore no puddle would certainly be present.

Next they will have actually sealed power stearing pumps, etc…


Rod-Knox July 30, 2014, 5:26pm #12

On all automatic transmissions ns am familiar with that have actually no dipstick or fill tube the is necessary that the engine be to run to remove the side plug as soon as checking/adding fluid. If the engine is not running a considerable amount of liquid will be shed unless the fluid level is significantly low.

PvtPublic July 30, 2014, 5:32pm #13

Many people would like to keep those things and at least see if it"s low.I"m going to disagree below only in that many,many an ext people don"t also want to open the hood much less touch those oily things under there.
Yosemite July 30, 2014, 5:44pm #14

You’re right,
PvtPublic; But, ns didn’t to speak the majority…I claimed many

Demo_Beta July 30, 2014, 6:15pm #15

I have actually yet to own a auto without a transmission dipstick, yet couldn’t you just insert a rubber pipe attached to a funnel and also let gravity perform the filling?

MikeInNH July 30, 2014, 10:54pm #16

I have actually yet to very own a automobile without a infection dipstick, however couldn’t you simply insert a rubber tube attached come a funnel and let gravity perform the filling?

Attach the rubber hose to WHAT? The transmission v no dipstick room SEALED.

bing July 30, 2014, 11:51pm #17

My Pontiac doesn’t have actually a dipstick and also has a to fill plug somewhere approximately the axle the is a mystery to find. Last time I simply went to the infectious diseases world fashion shop the does my service and they checked it because that no charge. Most world never examine it themselves so just one an ext thing to just swing by and also have that checked. I don’t know. I was a surprised however once you gain used come the idea that no large thing.

keith July 30, 2014, 11:54pm #18

I don’t think any AT is going to go negative under warrantee if the fluid is not checked. The problem really occurs lengthy after the warrantee is up. A conscientious owner may get a life time out the the at by regularly changing the ATF and also monitoring its level and also condition where someone that ignores the ATF might only obtain 150k or less.

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The difficulty with remove the dipstick really affects those of us who perform take care of our vehicles, it gets rid of an choice for united state or provides it really an overwhelming to check.

db4690 July 31, 2014, 3:27am #19

Rod Knox

The later on Benz automatic infection don’t have actually a side plug

Sorry, yet with those models, they yes, really made that somewhat an overwhelming to carry out a transmission fluid service, permit alone inspect the liquid level properly

jesmed1 July 31, 2014, 3:36am #20

On a recent episode the Wheeler Dealers, Ed resolved up a Boxster and serviced the Tiptronic transmission. They verified him transforming the infectious diseases worldwide fluid and also it was quite complicated. On the Boxster you need to fill the trans in three consecutive stages. Friend can’t simply fill it up once and put the plug in. Happy I have actually an old Honda!

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