How to Check Transmission Oil in Vehicles

by Contributing Writer; Updated June 12, 2017

The Vehicles was first introduced in Vehicles. It is the largest Vehicles to use the continuous variable transmission, or CVT. This transmission has no specific gear ratios. It has a multitude of varying ratios that are continuously changing in response to load and rpm to achieve the best fuel economy and power band. The Vehicles has a transmission dipstick on the right side of the transmission. There is no specified mileage or period Vehicles fluid replacement. A circuit that monitors the transmission will set a code if the transmission overheats, is subjected to unusual loads or internal problems. The dealer must clear these transmission codes to turn off the light.

Under The Hood:

 How to Check Transmission Oil in a 2001 Isuzu Rodeo

Lift your Rodeo with a jack and secure the vehicle on a set of jack stands.

Locate the transmission at the base of the engine, halfway down the drive train. Find the fluid fill plug in the upper rear corner of the transmission.

Insert a ratchet extension into the square on the plug and remove it. Insert your little finger into the hole and feel for the top of the fluid level. The fluid level should be even with the bottom of the hole.

Insert the squeeze tip of a transmission oil bottle into the hole and squeeze the fluid into the transmission until the fluid level reaches the bottom of the hole.

Replace the drain plug and tighten it securely with the ratchet extension. Raise the vehicle with the jack and remove the jack stands. Lower the vehicle to the ground.

Items you will need

  • Jack

  • Jack stands

  • Ratchet extension

 How to Check the Transmission Oil in a 2003 Nissan Murano

Open the hood and locate the transmission dipstick on the right side of the transmission. Flip the fold over lock up and pull the dipstick out.

Examine the color of the fluid. It should be cherry red. Bar any internal problems, the fluid should stay this color for well over 100,000 miles. The transmission is a sealed unit, not exposed to the air. The only contamination comes from worn material resulted from the friction of the clutches.

Check the fluid level on the stick. The car must be on level ground for a good reading. The engine must be running, warm and the transmission in set in "park." The fluid level should be on the "full" line on the stick. If it isn't, a leak must be present.

Fill the transmission with CVT-NS2 fluid only. This transmission works at higher temperature levels and will not last with a different fluid. All transmission fluids differ in working temperature, pressure and additives to protect the seals. The wrong fluid can cause the transmission to overheat and experience rapid wear. If the transmission fluid turns brown, making it evident that there is a significant amount of clutch material in the fluid, it takes just over six quarts to re-fill.

 How to Check the Transmission Oil on a 1999 Beetle

Start the engine and let it idle. Wait for the engine to warm up until it reads between 95 and 113 degrees Fahrenheit on the temperature gauge.

Step on the brake pedal and release the hand brake. Move the shifter from "P" to "1" and bring it back to "P," making sure the transmission fluid has gone through all the gears.

Set the hand brake and release the foot brake. Turn off the engine when the gauge readings reaches the said temperatures.

Raise the car with the floor jack and support it evenly on jack stands at both ends. The car must be leveled for accurate transmission fluid level reading. Wear safety glasses and gloves.

Locate the transaxle. You will find a "fluid level check" plug at the front of the transaxle. Unscrew to remove the plug with a 17 mm Allen wrench. The fluid will flow out naturally upon the removal of the plug if it is at the adequate level.

Look for the "fill level" plug at one side of the transmission assembly case if the fluid does not flow out. Remove the plug using a large screwdriver while leaving the "fluid level check" plug unplugged.

Fill a syringe with SAE 75W90 transmission oil and inject it, small amount at a time, through the "fill level" plug hole. Fill until the fluid is dripping out the plug hole.

Replug the "fill level" hole first and then the "fluid level check" hole using the specific tools as before.

Lower the car to the ground and start the engine. Look at the ground under the transmission case to check for leaks.

Items you will need

  • Safety glasses

  • Disposable vinyl gloves

  • Floor jack

  • Jack stand set

  • 17 mm Allen wrench

  • Large screwdriver

  • Syringe

  • New SAE 75W90 synthetic transmission oil (VW specific)

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