Having problems with your 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 ?
I checked my transmission fluid level and according to the manual it says that when the engine is on the reading that it should be is higher on the stick, and the cold check is lower. However when I checked it hot, it was down all the way to the low check mark, and when it's cold it's way past the high check mark. Basically it's the opposite of what the manual says. Any ideas?
Start the vehicle let it warm up first. Then apply the brake and run it through all the gear positions. This will fill the torque converter up and the valve body then place the car in neutral while still running and check the fluid. It may read high after sitting a few hours because the valve body drains into the transmission pan. Also when the fluid heats up it expands a little. So, if you are getting a low reading at a normal operating temp you more than likely are low on tranny fluid.
That is correct. The level will be higher on the stick when the engine is off. Its usually twice the height as the top fill level mark. Then when the engine is running and warm the level drops down, hopefully in between the marks.
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