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Old 07-18-2005, 07:24 AM   #1
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While I had my TMIC off this weekend I happened to check my trans fluid level. It was below the low mark and just had a small drop on the end of the dipstick. Getting into reverse has been really difficult after sitting overnight, this may or may not be related to low fluid.

Anyone else notice low fluid levels on the manual transmissions? I'm going to call the dealer this morning and see if I can do a walk-in service and get it topped off.
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Old 07-18-2005, 08:06 AM   #2
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The fluid seems to run to the bottom of the dip stick and form a drop. I had to check it twice but, the level was correct just very thin over the hash marks.
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Old 07-18-2005, 08:28 AM   #3
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I just had mine changed to Amsol at 14k the read diff hold so little fluid they told me i should change that evey 10k with the Trany every 30k just to good luck..

BTW the rear was black black black..
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Old 07-18-2005, 12:12 PM   #4
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Thanks guys -- spoke with my service department, they recommended checking it while it was hot. I'll check when I get home tonight.
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Old 07-18-2005, 03:31 PM   #5
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Why take it to the dealer to get it topped off? It seems hardly worth the time or cost. You need a funnel with a skinny neck--one with the flexible nect works best.

When I first picked up my car, I noticed some oily spots on the driveway and garage floor almost right away. Right about then, I also figured out that the idiots at the dealer didn't properly tighten the drain bolt on the underside of the transmission.

Whatever you can do, do yourself. Dealer mechanics are morons.
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Old 07-18-2005, 03:53 PM   #6
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What type of tranny fluid does it take? I won't put synthetic in mine. Anyone recommend the quick change places or are they considered just as bad?
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Old 07-18-2005, 05:54 PM   #7
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What type of tranny fluid does it take? I won't put synthetic in mine. Anyone recommend the quick change places or are they considered just as bad?
Why no synthetic??

Look in the manual it tells you what to use. It must be a GL5 though. I generally use a 90W, I think the manual says 75W.
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Old 07-18-2005, 05:54 PM   #8
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Why not go synth? Ya it's a little more money but I think it's worth it I punish my truck by loading her up and driving like i stole it. But i did that with my old jeep and it had 200,000 on her when i got rid of it and it's still going strong.

Either way just keep changing it and the truck will last and last.
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Old 07-18-2005, 06:37 PM   #9
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Why take it to the dealer to get it topped off? It seems hardly worth the time or cost. You need a funnel with a skinny neck--one with the flexible nect works best.
I'd consider this a warranty/no charge type of item and the dealer is not too far from our house. If they are going to charge I will just drain the remainder and refill with Redline MTL myself.
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Old 07-19-2005, 09:45 AM   #10
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Stopped into the dealer, they pulled it in, checked and it was "less than a cup" low, they topped if off and I was on my way - no charge, not hassle.
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