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How to Add Transmission Fluid to a 2004 Mercury Sable

by William Pullman

The 2004 Mercury Sable has an automatic transmission that requires transmission fluid to operate. Unlike engine oil, transmission fluid does not require regular changing because the transmission does not burn the fluid. A leak may develop which requires adding transmission fluid to the vehicle. You can add transmission fluid to the 2004 Mercury Sable without any special tools and without the need of a trained technician.


Drive the Mercury Sable until the car reaches normal operating temperature, park the car on a flat surface and apply the parking brake. Do not turn off the engine.


Pull out the transmission fluid dipstick and wipe the end of the dipstick off with a rag. The transmission fluid dipstick is located in the back of the engine compartment. It is positioned closer to the driver's side of the compartment, and is to the left of the brake fluid reservoir.


Insert the dipstick back into the tube, remove it again and check the amount of fluid on the stick. You need to add transmission fluid if the fluid level is below the indicator on the stick.


Pour approximately 250 mL of transmission fluid into the tube that holds the dipstick. Use a funnel to prevent spillage. The side of the transmission fluid bottle has a clear measuring area that allows you to determine the amount of fluid used.


Check the transmission fluid level again.


Continue adding fluid until the transmission fluid level is in the indicated area on the dipstick.

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About the Author

William Pullman is a freelance writer from New Jersey. He has written for a variety of online and offline media publications, including "The Daily Journal," "Ocular Surgery News," "Endocrine Today," radio, blogs and other various Internet platforms. Pullman holds a Master of Arts degree in Writing from Rowan University.

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