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Old 12-09-2003, 01:22 PM
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Question W116 tranny dipstick question, please:

The transmission dipstick on my '73 450SE has a set of three markings near the very bottom that look disturbingly like the low, add, full markings one would expect...

However, about 6-8 inches up from these three lines there are a couple angular bends in the stick (and these do not appear to be random or damage) that look more like the actual scale for checking transmission fluid level!!!!!!!!!

Is this a cold level vs. hot level (i.e. check @ operating temp.) situation? I sure do not want to run this tranny low on fluid!

Thanks in advance for your consideration!

p.s. Anybody have the owners manual for this model? I'm also a little confused about the proper placement of the 4 climate control levers to achieve maximum defrost: the pictograph shown at the right of the fan control shows all the levers in the "up" position... Is this correct?
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