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Old 12-23-2018, 06:55 PM
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Checking trans fluid, what's the right way?

I'm afraid I've been checking the transmission fluid wrong all these time with my 300SE. This is what I do: running, operating temperature, transmission in P, dipstick out, clean, all the way down and check.
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Old 12-23-2018, 07:39 PM
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And on a level surface. Make sure you have run it for minimum 20 minutes.
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Old 12-23-2018, 07:49 PM
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Driving it, or just run the engine?
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Your method is correct Jorn.

At least 10 minutes of driving will get you up to temperature. Simply idling may get the engine up to temp but it will not get the transmission temperature up. Then stop (of course), run the shifter through all the gears stopping in Park, engine running and check.
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Old 12-23-2018, 09:06 PM
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That makes sense.
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Old 12-24-2018, 02:27 AM
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Rule of thumb for the fluid is if you can’t comfortably hold the tip of the dipstick, it’s probably at the operating temp of 180*F.

Then measure it after the car sits overnight and you have a reasonable way to check cold.

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Old 12-24-2018, 11:51 PM
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Rule of thumb is if the fluid is if you canít comfortably hold the tip of the dipstick, itís probably at the operating temp of 180*F.

Then measure it after the car sits overnight and you have a reasonable way to check cold.

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And why would you check it cold?
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Old 12-25-2018, 12:09 AM
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Preferably check it at temp but if you want a quick check after a fluid change or before a trip...

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Old 12-25-2018, 12:36 AM
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Preferably check it at temp but if you want a quick check after a fluid change or before a trip...

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Got it. My mistake was that I didn't drive it prior, I always would let the car idle until it was up to temperature. I should have known better. Got it up to the right level today.
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Old 12-25-2018, 05:52 AM
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It takes a long time to get tranny fluid up to temp with vehicle just idling.
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Old 12-25-2018, 09:47 AM
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The problem with my SD is that I cannot read it on the dipstick. It is always smeared or just not at a definite level. I have considered grinding out a small V in the dipstick thinking the tranny fluid would cling to the V.

Anyone tried this?
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Old 12-25-2018, 11:33 AM
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Other cars have dipsticks with pinholes. Either there’s fluid in the hole or there isn’t. Some have a dimple but even a dimple is difficult to read.

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Lets not overthink this. Jorn asked a simple question and got his answer. No real reason for this thread to grow legs. It can only confuse
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Rule of thumb for the fluid is if you canít comfortably hold the tip of the dipstick, itís probably at the operating temp of 180*F.

Then measure it after the car sits overnight and you have a reasonable way to check cold.

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I noticed that I could not do this "rule of thumb" repeatedly - upon my yearly doctors exam I came to know Im diabetic now, I just prefer to use my homemade thermistor in a tube sent down the dipstick hole, it wont lose nerve sensitivity over time
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Old 12-29-2018, 02:33 AM
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Fresh clean fluid sure makes it easier to check the level.
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