Is it possible that the transaxle dip stick is reading higher than the
actual fluid level?
I ask because the unit started to leak a few months ago, so I started
checking the level.
It was reading high. The leak got worse, and I continued checking
the level dropped. It is now down to the Full mark, but now there is
little hesitance during acceleration, as if it were too low causing
BTW, I took it to a tranny shop a couple days ago and they found the sidel
loose and tightened them. Leak seems to have stopped. Fingers crossed...
old. You must have been checking the level occasionally. Either your imagination
is working overtime or coincidently the tranny is getting tired. There's another
possibility, but I would never suggest a dishonest transmission shop would do
anything to generate business. In this case they had an opportunity while you
were there and appear to have treated you fairly. Your engine might be lacking
power. There could be other problems. If you can actually determine that it is
slipping, don't drive it around hoping for an improvement. Get it serviced at
Thanks. Actually, I checked it rarely because for most of the time there
were no drips on the garage floor, and the
level never changed. I'm afraid my memory is so poor that I don't remember
where it read early in its life.
I agree that the shop is to be commended. Not long ago I had the
transmission in my Jaguar (a BW12 in a 1976 XJ-S)
resealed there, so I guess I was treated as a good customer. He drove the
car (the Park Ave) and said he didn't
feel any slippage. Nonetheless, I do occassionally feel it, and the engine
(supercharged--- it's an Ultra) doesn't
I have put a little more Dextron in... not much, just about 1/8-1/4" above
the full mark. I'll see if that cures the
slippage. If not, it's back tot he shop.
BTW, the car has 103,000 miles. Transmission was removed for repair of
a slight roughness in shifting into 2nd right near the end of the warranty
My thought is them might have installed the dipstick tube incorrectly, if
that is possible.
Yes it is possible.
Are you sure that you are checking the fluid level properly?
Often the fluid is checked with the engine running and the tranny in Park,
somesuch combination. If you try to check it with the engine off, etc, your
won't necessarily be meaningful.
Trans fluid should be checked at full operating temp, on a level
surface, engine running, in "Park". Have you ever had the trans
serviced, that meaning drained, filter changed, then refilled with
I'm checking it per the owners manual... drive it 10 miles or so, run
the gears, leave it in Park, etc.
Yes, it was removed for repair of a slight shudder shifting into 2nd at
about 50k miles---
right before end of warranty period. No service since. Guess its time...
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