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 Note: This is a general guide for all vehicles.

How to Check Manual Transmission oil Level

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.

Park your vehicle on a solid, level surface and set the parking brake.
Lift up the vehicle if the ground clearance is low and you cannot see the transmission. Make sure the vehicle is level when checking the oil.

Tip: Lifting the vehicle with an aftermarket floor jack instead of the original equipment (OE) jack, will make the job easier and safer. Verify the condition of the floor jack before use.
Secure the vehicle with Jack stands on all 4 corners for safety before starting any work. The pinch welds or the frame rails are the two best locations. Do not rely on the Jack to hold the vehicle up while working.
Locate and remove the transmission fill plug. Most fill plugs are located on the upper side of the transmission case. Check the oil level (The oil level should be at the bottom of the hole.).
If the oil level is low, slowly add the manufacturer's recommended oil until it starts to flow out of the hole.
Reinstall the fill plug and torque the plug to the manufacturer's specifications. Check the transmission for oil leaks.
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