How do I check the transmission fluid on the 2002 s60 Volvo
My wifes car makes a loud sound sort of winding or grinding sound. I want to check the transmission fluid but cant find the dip stick. what do you think it could be?
Hello,Is this an auto or manual?Michael39828.1393207176
It is an automatic transmission
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.Let me know if you need more help.
Great so now where do I put the transmission fluid if it is low.
In the dip stick htube.You will need a long skinny ended funnel that will bend slightly.
Can I help you with anything else at this time?
Yes if the sound does not go away what else could it be? It only makes that sound when I am excellerating
Hello,Can you describe the noise?
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.
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?
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.
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?
Ok I will do that and get back to ya tomarrow.
Thank you I realy apreciate your help.
Sure,Just let me know when you get a chance.
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.
The computer message is just a reminder to get your oil change done.Is your car AWD?
Sorry I took so long to get back to you. No it is not AWD. What do you think it could be?
Does the sound change with vehicle speed?<br /><br />Do the tires have any uneven wear?<br /><br />
Yes, and yes I have to replace the front tires it seams to get louder the faster I go.
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.
Thank you one last question how much would a bearing job cost?
And what is reasonable for an alignment?
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.
Do you think the alignment will fix the problem? Or is it a case of first things first and we shall see.
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.