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I have a 1995 Dodge Stealth r/t with an Automatic transmission and was wondering what is the proper way to check the Auto transmission fluid? I have gotten a lot of different responses and have heard these transmissions are hard to read the fluid level
 

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Directly from service manual.

(Check fluid level)
1. Drive until the fluid temperature reaches the usual temperature
[70-80°C (160-18O”F)].
2. Place vehicle on level floor.
3. Move selector lever sequentially to every position to fill
torque converter and hydraulic circuit with fluid, then place
lever in “N” Neutral position. This operation is necessary
to be sure that fluid level check is accurate.
4. Before removing dipstick, wipe all dirt from area around
dipstick. Then take out the dipstick and check the condition
of the fluid.
The transaxle should be overhauled under the following
conditions.
l If there is a “burning” odor.
l If the fluid color has become noticeably blacker.
l If there is a noticeably great amount of metal particles
in the fluid.
5. Check to see if fluid level is in “HOT’ range on dipstick.
If fluid level is low, add ATF until level reaches “HOT
range. Low fluid level can cause a variety of conditions
because it allows pump to take in air along with fluid.
Air trapped in hydraulic circuit forms bubbles which make
fluid spongy. Therefore, pressures will be erratic.
Improper filling can also raise fluid level too high. When
transaxle has too much fluid, gears churn up foam and
cause same conditions which occur with low fluid level,
resulting in accelerated deterioration of ATF transmission
fluid.
In either case, air bubbles can cause overheating, fluid
oxidation, which can interfere with normal valve, clutch,
and servo operation. Foaming can also result in fluid
escaping from transaxle vent where it may be mistaken
for a leak.
6. Be sure to examine fluid on dipstick closely.
 
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Directly from service manual.

(Check fluid level)
1. Drive until the fluid temperature reaches the usual temperature
[70-80°C (160-18O”F)].
2. Place vehicle on level floor.
3. Move selector lever sequentially to every position to fill
torque converter and hydraulic circuit with fluid, then place
lever in “N” Neutral position. This operation is necessary
to be sure that fluid level check is accurate.
4. Before removing dipstick, wipe all dirt from area around
dipstick. Then take out the dipstick and check the condition
of the fluid.
The transaxle should be overhauled under the following
conditions.
l If there is a “burning” odor.
l If the fluid color has become noticeably blacker.
l If there is a noticeably great amount of metal particles
in the fluid.
5. Check to see if fluid level is in “HOT’ range on dipstick.
If fluid level is low, add ATF until level reaches “HOT
range. Low fluid level can cause a variety of conditions
because it allows pump to take in air along with fluid.
Air trapped in hydraulic circuit forms bubbles which make
fluid spongy. Therefore, pressures will be erratic.
Improper filling can also raise fluid level too high. When
transaxle has too much fluid, gears churn up foam and
cause same conditions which occur with low fluid level,
resulting in accelerated deterioration of ATF transmission
fluid.
In either case, air bubbles can cause overheating, fluid
oxidation, which can interfere with normal valve, clutch,
and servo operation. Foaming can also result in fluid
escaping from transaxle vent where it may be mistaken
for a leak.
6. Be sure to examine fluid on dipstick closely.
Thanks bro 🙏🏽 this is exactly what i needed
 

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Directly from service manual.

(Check fluid level)
1. Drive until the fluid temperature reaches the usual temperature
[70-80°C (160-18O”F)].
2. Place vehicle on level floor.
3. Move selector lever sequentially to every position to fill
torque converter and hydraulic circuit with fluid, then place
lever in “N” Neutral position. This operation is necessary
to be sure that fluid level check is accurate.
4. Before removing dipstick, wipe all dirt from area around
dipstick. Then take out the dipstick and check the condition
of the fluid.
The transaxle should be overhauled under the following
conditions.
l If there is a “burning” odor.
l If the fluid color has become noticeably blacker.
l If there is a noticeably great amount of metal particles
in the fluid.
5. Check to see if fluid level is in “HOT’ range on dipstick.
If fluid level is low, add ATF until level reaches “HOT
range. Low fluid level can cause a variety of conditions
because it allows pump to take in air along with fluid.
Air trapped in hydraulic circuit forms bubbles which make
fluid spongy. Therefore, pressures will be erratic.
Improper filling can also raise fluid level too high. When
transaxle has too much fluid, gears churn up foam and
cause same conditions which occur with low fluid level,
resulting in accelerated deterioration of ATF transmission
fluid.
In either case, air bubbles can cause overheating, fluid
oxidation, which can interfere with normal valve, clutch,
and servo operation. Foaming can also result in fluid
escaping from transaxle vent where it may be mistaken
for a leak.
6. Be sure to examine fluid on dipstick closely.
And by the way what ATF would you recommend for our Auto Transmissions? Ive heard our transmission begin to act up if you dont use Oem fluid or something of higher quality
 

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And by the way what ATF would you recommend for our Auto Transmissions? Ive heard our transmission begin to act up if you dont use Oem fluid or something of higher quality
I don’t have recommendation for any specific fluid to use, but I would be sure to only use one that is noted as equivalent to DIAMOND ATF SP. Reason being the Diamond ATF has some lubricating compound that some don’t include.
 
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