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Check Fluid Level and Condition Fluid Level Check CAUTION: The vehicle should not be driven if the fluid level is low as internal failure could result. NOTE: If the vehicle has been operated for an extended period at high highway speeds, in city traffic, during hot weather or while pulling a trailer, the fluid must cool down to obtain an accurate reading. NOTE: The transmission fluid temperature must not be allowed to exceed 50°C (122°F) when checking the fluid level. The fluid temperature should be between 30°C - 50°C (86°F - 122°F) closer to 50°C (122°F) when checking the fluid level. This vehicle is not equipped with a fluid level indicator. An incorrect level may affect the transmission operation and can result in transmission failure. Under normal circumstances, the fluid level should not be checked during normal maintenance . If the transmission starts to slip, shifts slowly or shows signs of fluid leaking, the fluid level should be checked.
High Fluid Level CAUTION: A fluid level that is too high can cause the fluid to become aerated due to the churning action of the rotating internal parts. This will cause erratic control pressure, foaming, loss of fluid from the vent tube and possible transmission failure. If an overfill reading is indicated, drain and refill the transmission. Low Fluid Level A low fluid level can result in poor transmission engagement, slipping or failure. This may also indicate a leak in one of the transmission seals or gaskets. Adding Fluid CAUTION: The use of any other type of transmission fluid than specified can result in transmission failure. If fluid must be added, add fluid in 0.5 liter (1/2 quart) increments through the fluid fill plug. Do not overfill the fluid. For fluid type, refer to the specification chart. Fluid Condition Check
Observe the color and the odor. The color under normal circumstances should be dark reddish or clear, not black or have a burnt odor.