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: Checking Transmission Fluid Level


sisman3
02-05-2007, 02:13 PM
My 2006 Charger 3.5L SE doesn't have a dipstick for the tranny. I was told by several dealers that you have to bring the car in in-order to have the tranny fluid checked. The reason being that too many people put the wrong fluids in the tranny dipstick tube (i.e. filling their engine oil in the tranny dipstick tube!), and Dodge wanted to eliminate these mishaps; so they ditched the dipstick. Apparently, Dodge dealers have a special "tool" that they use to check tranny fluid (Ya, It's a DIPSTICK!!!). Anyone run into this issue before, and if-so, were you able to get your hands on a dipstick?

Fuel 100
02-05-2007, 02:16 PM
My 2006 Charger 3.5L SE doesn't have a dipstick for the tranny. I was told by several dealers that you have to bring the car in in-order to have the tranny fluid checked. The reason being that too many people put the wrong fluids in the tranny dipstick tube (i.e. filling their engine oil in the tranny dipstick tube!), and Dodge wanted to eliminate these mishaps; so they ditched the dipstick. Apparently, Dodge dealers have a special "tool" that they use to check tranny fluid (Ya, It's a DIPSTICK!!!). Anyone run into this issue before, and if-so, were you able to get your hands on a dipstick?

Yes, you have to take it to the dealer. Major corporations have to protect consumers from themselves these days. So, those that are able to maintain their cars are out of luck.

sisman3
02-05-2007, 02:21 PM
There's got to be a way to get a dipstick...anyone have any ideas? I've looked everywhere online and even asked the Parts department of dealerships to order me one!

fatpockets44
02-05-2007, 02:21 PM
I didn't notice that there was no dipstick until I went looking for it. I found out by reading the manual.

gossame1
02-05-2007, 02:36 PM
To check the transmission fluid in our cars you need a special dipstick and a StarScan tool. The filler tube is sealed off and according to my dealer is dealer serviceable only.

Hope this information helps.

Brian T. Carotenuto

sisman3
02-05-2007, 02:47 PM
I would imagine that the StarScan tool measures the diagnostics of the performance of the tranny, and would not be necessary to simply check the level/color of the fluid. Therefore, all one would need, is a good 'ole fashioned dipstick. FYI, Dodge isn't the only manufacturer that eliminated tranny dipsticks; I know for a fact that Cadillac did also.

Thunderkiss
02-05-2007, 03:13 PM
Every Ford Explorer after 2002 doesnt have a dipstick, as do numerous other vehicles.

This isn't done because you're a moron.

It's because technology has progressed to the point that they can have a closed tranny system that does not need to be serviced unless there is something wrong.

So get over yourselves!!

Fuel 100
02-05-2007, 03:22 PM
Every Ford Explorer after 2002 doesnt have a dipstick, as do numerous other vehicles.

This isn't done because you're a moron.

It's because technology has progressed to the point that they can have a closed tranny system that does not need to be serviced unless there is something wrong.

So get over yourselves!!

I was never under myself.

sisman3
02-05-2007, 03:25 PM
That's the excuse dealers give you. "It's not you, it's technology." Not to mention, most dealerships make their money from service, not sales. So why not cap off the tranny dipstick and force people to schedule another appointment in order to have their fluid checked. As far as trannies not needing service, i wouldn't go that far. This whole dipstick incident I brought up evolved because my transmission was leaking. I never saw puddles of fluid; and i have a gravel driveway, so it would be tough to notice if there were a puddle. When i went to change my oil, I noticed the leak. i immediately went to check my fluid level (not knowing how long it had been leaking) and discovered the missing dipstick. Best part is, when i called my dealer, they asked what my fluid level was at!

sisman3
02-05-2007, 03:28 PM
My point being, if my dealer couldn't get to my car for days or even a week, i would have checked the level and topped off the fluid until the issue was fixed. But since i can't do that now, i run the risk of running the fluid dangerously low and causing the trans to blow.

Fuel 100
02-05-2007, 03:30 PM
That's the excuse dealers give you. "It's not you, it's technology." Not to mention, most dealerships make their money from service, not sales. So why not cap off the tranny dipstick and force people to schedule another appointment in order to have their fluid checked. As far as trannies not needing service, i wouldn't go that far. This whole dipstick incident I brought up evolved because my transmission was leaking. I never saw puddles of fluid; and i have a gravel driveway, so it would be tough to notice if there were a puddle. When i went to change my oil, I noticed the leak. i immediately went to check my fluid level (not knowing how long it had been leaking) and discovered the missing dipstick. Best part is, when i called my dealer, they asked what my fluid level was at!

Now that is irony at it's finest. :lol: :knockout:

Thunderkiss
02-05-2007, 04:24 PM
That's the excuse dealers give you. "It's not you, it's technology." Not to mention, most dealerships make their money from service, not sales. So why not cap off the tranny dipstick and force people to schedule another appointment in order to have their fluid checked. As far as trannies not needing service, i wouldn't go that far. This whole dipstick incident I brought up evolved because my transmission was leaking. I never saw puddles of fluid; and i have a gravel driveway, so it would be tough to notice if there were a puddle. When i went to change my oil, I noticed the leak. i immediately went to check my fluid level (not knowing how long it had been leaking) and discovered the missing dipstick. Best part is, when i called my dealer, they asked what my fluid level was at!

This is where you're getting it wrong.

Nobody is checking it. It doesn't need to be. We just tell the sheep that so they stop bahhing!!!!

And does it make you feel like a man to check it for yourself?? Arghhhh!!!!!!:tongue:

bluecar1968
02-05-2007, 05:54 PM
To check the transmission fluid in our cars you need a special dipstick and a StarScan tool. The filler tube is sealed off and according to my dealer is dealer serviceable only.

Hope this information helps.

Brian T. Carotenuto

The starscan is to verify proper fluid temp when checked. Improper temp can result in fluid being 1 qt off