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Unread 12-09-2013, 10:32 PM   #1
timtuttlez3531
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Trans issues. Automatic, 5.2L.

Here's a weird one. Now I don't know much at all about transmissions so that's kind of why I'm here. Now I did a routine fluids check and noticed my trans fluid wasn't reading that I had any at all. Yes the vehicle was running, in neutral, while on a level surface. I did notice a small leak on the cooling lines leading up to the radiator, so far up that I had fluid on the bottom of my front bumper. Here's the weird thing. I didn't notice the fluid was low until I performed the check. The transmission hasn't been behaving weirdly at all. Shifting normal, no overheating issues/grinding or whirring noise. So my question is, is it possible that I do have adequate fluid but something could be making the reading come up wrong? I know it sounds stupid but I'm stumped. And I don't want to add any fluid yet and risk overfilling it and causing unnecessary damage. Thanks all in advance for taking time to read through all this.

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Unread 12-09-2013, 10:46 PM   #2
JasonStebbins
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You might have just been lucky. If it's the OEM dipstick, it should be up to the full line.

On my first ZJ many years ago, I didn't realize you had to check the level in neutral. I always checked it in park. Once I actually read the dipstick and checked in neutral, it was down about a half quart. Like you, I never had any issues or symptoms but I did top it off after that.
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Unread 12-10-2013, 07:58 AM   #3
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If fluid didn't show up on the dipstick the transmission should have been slipping. Possibly you didn't have the dipstick seated all the way when you checked the level?

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