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Old 11-20-2003, 10:34 PM
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Question What's up with my ATF level?

I tried checking my ATF level today at the dipstick and kept getting different readings.
After about 1/2hr of driving, I stopped at my local Autozone to check the level, with the engine running and trans. in park I got a reading of 'min' on 2 tries.
I picked up some fluid, but not having my service manual i went back home to check the amount needed for top-up. When I went to re-check the level, it was now up to the max level. I tried again, on the 2nd attempt more fluid was smeared up one side, past the 'max' level! Is this the long bendy dipstick/pipe making it hard to read?
I decided not to add any xtra fluid yet.
Any ideas how to getting an accurate reading?
Shifting is quite hard at the moment, though from what I read that's a fairy common 300E trait...
1993 320TE M104

1983 230E W123 M102
1994 E300D S124 OM606 (x2)
1967 250SE W108 M129
1972 280se 3.5 W108 M116
1980 280SE W116 M110
1980 350SE W116 M116
1992 300E W124 M103
1994 E280 W124 M104
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