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I stand to be corrected by others but here is what I do.....
If you are just checking and NOT actually changing the fluid just leave car running for few minutes in PARK (10 to 15) on flat ground.
Then with car still idling run the tranny through the gears as you sit with foot on brake, taking 15 seconds or so in each gear position.
Go away for a quick coffee or beverage and leave car running a little longer just to be sure..... Then check level again.
(Or you could just go for a short drive and then check level on stick while running still on flat ground.)
To top up, leave car running and just slowly pour in dipstick tube as car idles, making sure to keep it not too close to the Max level but within the Min/Max range. *** Leave yourself some room *** in case she is not warm enough or something. You can always top up further later but DON'T run the car with the wrong amount of fluid.
If you find it is over full you are stuck. You need really to just remove and refill unless you have fancy-schmancy gear.
IF YOU ARE REMOVING/REFILLING FLUID...
....Run car to get it warm enough to check PRE-change level.
Drive for a few minutes. Leave car running in PARK on flat ground.
Check the level and note position on stick as above.
Turn OFF the car and drain fluid completely into something of known capacity. (You'll need a 24 mil wrench on plug. Be careful - that stuff is hot and will shoot out.) Measure the output very carefully.
Give plug a good wipe to remove any particles accumulated on it and RE-INSERT with new crush washer, if you have one.
The recommended torque is 30 ft-lbs I believe but I just fudge it (not recommended).
SLOWLY pour in new fluid through a funnel the dipstick tube, but go slowly and DO NOT OVER FILL. Bear in mind that Min/Max dipstick level are 0.5 liter/qt apart. I suggest work out how much you need to put in to be comfortably over the Min level on stick but within the Min/Max range.
That way you leave yourself some wriggle room if you mess up. You can always top off later as it warms and reaches final level.
*** Note that people seem to get different amounts out of their tranny depending on the angle it is at (ramps, hoist, etc.) It holds 7 liters but you will likely only ever get only 3.5 to 4.X quarts out - roughly.
Key is to know if it is right to start with and then match that amount with adjustment if necessary based on the 0.5 range on stick.
Hope this helps.
Oh and I use Mobil 3309, by the way, on my '05 Linear.
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