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How to Check Automatic Transmission Fluid Level

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Note: This is a general guide for all vehicles.

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Safety Tip:
Always wear safety glasses when working on your vehicle. Wear other personal protective equipment (PPE) when necessary, for example latex gloves or closed toe shoes.

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Open the hood and locate the transmission fluid level dipstick. This method for checking transmission fluid it not correct for newer Explorer. There is no dipstick just a plug found in the bottom of the transmission oil pan. If oil runs out of the plug, it is considered to be full.
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Check the level of transmission fluid while the vehicle is running to see if it is below the manufacturer's specifications.
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Insert a transmission funnel into the dipstick tube and fill the transmission with the manufacturer's recommended fluid to the proper level.
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Insert the dipstick and recheck the fluid level while the engine is running. Add additional fluid if necessary.
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