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Hi I just installed a new transmission and filled it up with 8 L. The torque converter was empty. Does the engine have to be running to check the level. When I check it with the engine off and fluid cold, the level on the dipstick looks overfilled past the hot line. But when I check it with the engine running, the level drops to around the cold line. What's the proper way to check the tranny fluid on 2005 neon?
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Check the fluid level while the transmission is at normal operating temperature. This occurs after at least 15 miles (25 km) of driving. At normal operating temperature, which is approximately 180°F ( 82°C), the fluid cannot be held comfortably between the fingertips.
To check the fluid level properly, the following procedure must be used:
1. The vehicle must be on level ground.
2. The engine should be running at curb idle speed for at minimum of 60 seconds.
3. Fully apply parking brake.
4. Place the gear selector momentarily in each gear position ending with the lever in P (PARK).
5. Remove the dipstick, wipe it clean and reinsert it until seated.
6. Remove the dipstick again and note the fluid level on both sides. The fluid level should be in the crosshatch area at normal operating temperatures. If the fluid is low, add as required into the dipstick tube. Do not overfill.
NOTE: If it is necessary to check the transmission below the operating temperature, the fluid level should be between the two COLD (lower) holes on the dipstick with the fluid at approximately 80°F (27°C) (room temperature). If the fluid level is correctly established at room temperature, it should be between the HOT (upper) reference holes when the transmission reaches 180°F (82°C). Remember it is best to check the level at the normal operating temperature. If the fluid level shows low, add sufficient transmission fluid to bring to the proper level.