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How do I check the transmission fluid on the 2002 s60 Volv

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How do I check the transmission fluid on the 2002 s60 Volvo
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Volvo
Expert:  Michael replied 5 years ago.
Hello,

Is this an auto or manual?
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
It is an automatic transmission
Expert:  Michael replied 5 years ago.
Ok,

The dipstick can be kind of hard to reach.
It is just under the lower radiator hose.
It will have a yellow handle.
Use a flashlight and look from different angles.
It can be hard to see if you are not familiar with it.

Make sure the first time you find it the engine is cold.
The radiator hose gets very hot.

When you are actually checking the level make sure the transmission is at normal operating temp.
This would be after a nice drive on the highway.

Have the engine running, shifter in park.
Park on level ground.
Pull out the dip stick.
Wipe it off. Install it. Pull it back out.
This will give you an accurate reading.
The fluid should be between the min and max hot lines.

This will give you an idea where to look.
This picture is an xc90 so the intake lines are different.
But it shows the location better.
graphic
Let me know if you need more help.
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Great so now where do I put the transmission fluid if it is low.
Expert:  Michael replied 5 years ago.
In the dip stick htube.

You will need a long skinny ended funnel that will bend slightly.
Expert:  Michael replied 5 years ago.
Can I help you with anything else at this time?
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Yes if the sound does not go away what else could it be? It only makes that sound when I am excellerating
Expert:  Michael replied 5 years ago.
Hello,

Can you describe the noise?
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Yes it sort of a winding engine sound when you start to step on the gas. But it is pretty loud. I put a couple of containers of tr4anny fluid in while the car sounds smoother the sound has not gone away. It is definatly coming from the engine you can feel it.
Expert:  Michael replied 5 years ago.
How much transmission fluid did you add? Any more then 1/2 quart you were runiing it low on fluid.
Is it at the correct level now?
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Well it was on low when I checked it after driving it around for about 15 minutes. so I put in 2 1/2. But I have not been able to check it since.
Expert:  Michael replied 5 years ago.
You will probably be overfull now.

Check the power steering fluid. Is it foamy?
Does it make the noise when you are in park and rev the engine?
Does the vehicle speed make any difference?
Customer: replied 5 years ago.

Ok I will do that and get back to ya tomarrow.

Thank you I realy apreciate your help.

Expert:  Michael replied 5 years ago.
Sure,
Just let me know when you get a chance.
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Well it does not make that sound so much when I rev the engine. The Steering fluid does not look foamy. And it does get loud once you get up about 20 mph. On a side note the computer said toady time for regular service.
Expert:  Michael replied 5 years ago.
The computer message is just a reminder to get your oil change done.

Is your car AWD?
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Sorry I took so long to get back to you. No it is not AWD. What do you think it could be?
Expert:  Michael replied 5 years ago.
Does the sound change with vehicle speed?<br /><br />Do the tires have any uneven wear?<br /><br />
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Yes, and yes I have to replace the front tires it seams to get louder the faster I go.
Expert:  Michael replied 5 years ago.
Uneven tire wear usually causes a noise.
Usually a "whir" type noise.

Make sure to have the front end checked over and aligned when you get new ties.

Or else the new ones will be damaged also.

This could also be a wheel bearing.
But since there is a tire problem that needs to be taken care of first.
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Thank you one last question how much would a bearing job cost?
And what is reasonable for an alignment?
Expert:  Michael replied 5 years ago.
Alignments can vary.

$100 is an average.

A front wheel bearing replacement would be about $350.

Every place will charge different prices for thier work. But they should be in the same ball park.

Let me know if you need anything else.
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Do you think the alignment will fix the problem? Or is it a case of first things first and we shall see.
Expert:  Michael replied 5 years ago.
The alignment will not fix the worn tires.

It will keep the tires going down the road straight to prevent uneven wear.

You will want to have the vehicle checked for any front end play. Also have them check the wheel bearings at the same time.

Replace any worn parts.
Then replace the worn tires and get an alignment at the same time.

Let me know if you need anything else.

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