I bought my 1996 Chevy 1500 about 3 months ago. When I first checked
the transmission fluid level I followed the owner's manual
instructions explicitly and concluded that it was about a pint
overfilled. However, I had to measure it about 10 times to come to
that conclusion. I siphoned off about that much and think I got it
down to the correct level(as well as I could read the level). We are
going on a trip and I checked it again. I was darn near impossible
to read. The level is just not clear. The long shaft that holds the
dip stick is at an angle and takes a bend. In the process of removing
it, you drag out some of the fluid so when you reinsert it, you pick
up some of the fluid further up the stick. I did it over and over and
finally guessed that it was down about a 1/2 pint. A little at a
time( and checking over and over) I added about a pint before it
appeared(a guess) to be up to the right level. I'm still not sure it
is right. Has anyone figured out how to check this level accurately
and be sure it is correct? I have two GM sedans and there is no
problem with them.
Move the dipstick back and forth with a bright light source <sun, garage
light, you get the picture> behind you and watch the light reflect off the
fluid. I have the same problem with my garden tractor, oil stays so damn
clean you can't see it on the dipstick.
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