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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-27-2014, 12:23 AM Thread Starter
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Trans. Fluid mark

Just had dealer do a trans fluid flush and external filter change on my 03 6.0 and I got home after running for about hour and half and I check fluid level and it was only half way up on the cold mark. So is this the new norm. Or did he not put enough in it? Any info will be great.
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And after sitting all night I checked it cold and it's little above full line on dip stick. Any thoughts
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My thoughts are that there is NOTHING to be learned by checking the fluid cold. The person that put a COLD mark on the dipstick was a dipstick himself.

If it is on the cold mark with the transmission cold all you know is that the level is several quarts low, or maybe right, or maybe even high. It's one of those three.

Warm the trans up by driving at least 10 miles and check it again idling in park.

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Re: Trans. Fluid mark

No, I actually don't know who designed it. But I've seen the dipstick. It had to have been designed by a dipstick.

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Ok I checked it after running in for 10 miles and it's still halfway up the cold mark. So should I add some in there
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It should be in the cross hatched area that says DO NOT ADD. If it is below this, add fluid. Use only MERCON SP or MERCON LV. Anything else is trouble.

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Ok got it thanks man.
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Re: Trans. Fluid mark

Seriously considering putting a sight port on the side of my ATF deep sump pan because it usually takes me at least six tries to figure out the level on the stick. Like the ones on AFE differential covers.


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Re: Trans. Fluid mark

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My thoughts are that there is NOTHING to be learned by checking the fluid cold. The person that put a COLD mark on the dipstick was a dipstick himself.

If it is on the cold mark with the transmission cold all you know is that the level is several quarts low, or maybe right, or maybe even high. It's one of those three.

Warm the trans up by driving at least 10 miles and check it again idling in park.
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Is this true for the E4OD/4R100, too?

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