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  • karjunkie 01/25/09 1:26 pm PST

    An easy way to spot a leak is to flatten out a cardboard box and place it under the car overmight. You may also want to put one under the radiator as the leak could be coming from the transmission cooler lines that run to the radiator. To check the automatic transmission (ATF) fluid at the right level on the dipstick, it should be with the engine warm, running and with the transmission in the "park" position on level ground. The fluid should be bright cherry red and clear. The ATF fluid is added through the dipstick opening with a long narrow funnel you can buy at any auto parts store. Use ONLY the specific fluid recommended for your car in your owner's manual. ATF fluids are NOT compatible and the wrong type of fluid can cause major problems. If the leak is minor, there are specific high mileage ATF fluids that will help restore dried out seals. The automatic transmission fluid type for all 4 cylinder Camrys from '94 to '01 is listed as Dexron III. Good luck and let me know if you have any follow up questions!

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