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  • kiatech1 03/09/10 10:01 pm PST

    In case you did not know, checking the fluid level requires a so called special tool.(dipstick)
    here are the fluid specs. and checking procedure.

    Service Fill - 42RLE 3.8L (4.0 Qt)

    Overhaul Fill - 42RLE 8.3L (17.6 pts.) *
    * Dry fill capacity. Depending on type and size of internal cooler,Length and inside diameter of coolerLines, or use of an auxiliary cooler, these figures may vary.


    1. Verify that the vehicle is parked on a level surface.
    2. Remove the dipstick tube cap. WARNING: Risk of accident from vehicle starting off by itself when engine running. Risk of injury from contusions and burns if you insert your hands into the engine when it is started or when it is running. Secure vehicle to prevent it from moving off by itself. Wear properly fastened and close-fitting work clothes. Do not touch hot or rotating parts.
    3. Actuate the service brake. Start engine and let it run at idle speed in selector lever position "P".
    4. Shift through the transmission modes several times with the vehicle stationary and the engine idling
    5. Warm up the transmission, wait at least 2 minutes and check the oil level with the engine running. Push the Oil Dipstick 9336 into transmission fill tube until the dipstick tip contacts the oil pan and pull out again, read off oil level, repeat if necessary. NOTE: The dipstick will protrude from the fill tube when installed.

    42RLE Fluid Temperature Chart

    1. Check transmission oil temperature using the appropriate scan tool.
    2. The transmission Oil Dipstick 9336 has indicator marks every 10mm. Determine the height of the oil level on the dipstick and using the height, the transmission temperature, and the Transmission Fluid Graph, determine if the transmission oil level is correct.
    3. Add or remove oil as necessary and recheck the oil level.
    4. Once the oil level is correct, install the dipstick tube cap.

    Source: http://www.alldata.com

  • mr_automd 03/09/10 10:26 pm PST

    Do you still have your manual? You can refer to that or if not, you can ask your car dealer with the amount of transmission fluid that you need.


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