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Old 06-08-2010, 11:59 PM
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Default Very Odd Transmission Fluid Issue

I just recently purchased a 2006 Dodge Ram 1500 with a 4.7L V8 with 70k miles. Every new vehicle I get, I always change all the fluids. Seeing as how the truck had 70k miles, I assumed the tranny fluid had never been changed, so I went ahead and changed it.

I dropped the pan, and measured close to 5 quarts of transmission fluid that came out; therefore, I put about 5 quarts of fluid back in. After driving much more than the recommended 15 miles to heat the fluid up and cycling through the gears, I went to measure the fluid and it was WAY below where it should be. I went ahead and added more fluid; however, the fluid doesn't really rise at all! In fact, the "hot" fluid level is about the same as the "cold" fluid level.

I really cannot understand what is going on. I am positive I am doing everything right to check the fluid as described in the manual, and this is not my first tranny fluid change. My only theory is that the transmission cooler works so well that the fluid just doesn't heat up to the required 180 degrees.

Any ideas on what could be happening??

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Did you check to make sure the fluid was at the correct level before you dropped the pan and measured the 5 quarts that drained out? If you have an infared temp gun, you can check the fluid temp.
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Yeah , maybe it was low to start with .
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I thought of that also, but unfortunately I did not check it. I'm pretty confident that the fluid had not been changed from the dealer, and it shows no signs of leaking... yet.

I added almost a quart more than what I pulled out, and the level still hardly rose, if any. I would just keep adding more fluid, but I am stumped as to why the cold level and hot level seem to be exactly the same.
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Is your truck a 4X4? If so, it could be leaking out of the trans into the transfer case.
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