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Old 04-03-2011, 09:06 PM
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I decided to check my transmission fluid today and it is down 3/4 to a quart low. Is this normal or am i losing it and if so where could it be going.
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Old 04-03-2011, 09:08 PM
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by the way i havent been driving it alot because of gas prices and i got a little beater car that gets good milage dont know if that matters but thanks again
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check all the seals on the transmission and if its a 4x4 look at the transfer case. If not then sometimes the torque converter seems to pull in more and it looks low.
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You did check it 'HOT' in park with the engine running on 'level' ground.... ?
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ya it wasnt completly hot but it was hot maybe i should take it down the road and get it hot but if it is still low with the transfer case and all that u said could it just be normal wear and what not
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Take it out for a good drive. Make sure it's at operating temperature for at least 10 minutes, and make sure you are on 'Level' ground. Even the slightest incline will lead to a false reading. If it is 3/4 of a quart down, it would likely exhibit some real bad symptoms. These trans are not happy if they are low or high. BTW - The lines on the trans dip stick do not represent 1 qt. Usually they are 1pt. Here is a excerpt from the 2005 manual -

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Fluid Level Check
The fluid level should be checked when the engine is fully warmed up and the fluid in the transmission is at normal operating temperature. Operation of the transmission with an improper fluid level will greatly reduce the life of the transmission and of the fluid. Check the fluid level whenever the vehicle is serviced.

Fluid Level Check 45RFE/545RFE

Check the fluid level while the transmission is at normal operating temperature 82C (180F). This occurs after at least 15 miles (25 km) of driving. At normal operating temperature the fluid cannot be held comfortably between the fingertips.

To check the automatic transmission fluid level properly, the following procedure must be used:
1. Operate the engine at idle speed and normal operating temperature.
2. The vehicle must be on level ground.
3. Fully apply the parking brake and press the brake pedal.
4. Place the gear selector momentarily in each gear position ending with the lever in P (Park).
5. Remove the dipstick, wipe it clean and reinsert it until seated.
6. Remove the dipstick again and note the fluid level on both sides. The fluid level should be between the HOT (upper) reference holes on the dipstick at normal operating temperature. Verify that solid coating of oil is seen on both sides of the dipstick. If the fluid is low, add as required into the dipstick tube. Do not overfill. After adding any quantity of oil through the oil fill tube, wait a minimum of two (2) minutes for the oil to fully drain into the transmission before rechecking the fluid level.

NOTE: If it is necessary to check the transmission below the operating temperature, the fluid level should be between the two COLD (lower) holes on the dipstick with the fluid at approximately 70F (21C) (room temperature).
If the fluid level is correctly established at room temperature, it should be between the HOT (upper) reference holes when the transmission reaches 180F (82C). Remember it is best to check the level at the normal operating temperature.

CAUTION!
Be aware that if the fluid temperature is below 50F (10C) it may not register on the dipstick. Do not add fluid until the temperature is elevated enough to produce an accurate reading.
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