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How to Check the Trans Fluid in a Jeep Patriot

by Jesse Futch

Checking and changing the transmission fluid are among the many things that should be done when performing regular maintenance on your Jeep Patriot. Transmission fluid helps lubricate the transmission when idling and shifting gears. These shifts cause a tremendous amount of friction and pressure, so an adequate amount of clean lubricant is needed. Although the Jeep Patriot's transmission system is sophisticated, checking the fluid level is a simple task and should be done periodically to ensure that the system remains protected.

Start the engine and allow the Jeep Patriot to idle for about five minutes. Make sure the transmission is in "Park."

Pull the hood release handle to unlatch the hood. This is usually located near the steering column under the dashboard.

Open the Jeep Patriot's hood. If it is not equipped with a pneumatic system that holds the hood up, prop it open with the hood stand.

Locate the transmission fluid dipstick near the back of the engine around the transmission. The dipstick is stamped or printed with "Transmission Fluid" or similar wording.

Pull the dipstick straight up until it is completely clear of the tube.

Wipe the fluid off the dipstick with the rag.

Reinsert the dipstick fully into the tube, then pull it back out. Look at the dipstick and ensure that the fluid level is between the "Add" and "Full" marks.

Reinsert the dipstick into the tube. Close the hood and turn off the engine.

Tips

  • If the transmission fluid level is below the "Add" mark, the transmission needs fluid and may have a leak.
  • Be careful to avoid adding too much fluid. If the fluid is above the "Full" mark, the transmission fluid can mix with air and cause shifting problems.

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About the Author

Jesse Futch began writing professionally in 2008. He writes for various websites, including eHow, specializing in topics such as family, technology, travel, history and science. Futch is self-taught in the field of writing. He studied U.S. history, software engineering and missile and space systems at U.S. Air Force Technical College.

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