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Hi, how do I check the auto transmission fluid on my '96 4.0 Jeep Cherokee?
Saturday, April 2nd, 2011 AT 8:11 AM

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Lilielvira-The procedure is done with your engine running and the shifter in "PARK"---on level terrain. Pull the transmission dipstick out and wipe it off. Re-insert it and pull it out a second time. This should give a more accurate reading as to the fluid level (This is exactly like checking your oil, EXCEPT your Jeep is running and is in "park". Should you need to add fluid, the specifications are probably STAMPED on the Dipstick Blade. Probably the "Most-Bestus" Thing to do would be go to a Popular Auto Parts Store have them show you EXACTLY WHAT TO DO, TO CHECK IT---HANDS ON AND "SEEING" WORKS BETTER FOR ME. THE WILL DO THIS FOR FREE. AS FAR AS TOPPING IT OFF, LET THEM SHOW YOU THAT TOO, YOU WILL NEED A REALLY LONG FUNNEL IN MOST CASES. DO NOT OVERFILL. I always double check my labels before installing fluids, there are DIFFERENT transmission fluid types (some will not work in yours) And many times Motor Oil Bottles have the same shapes and colors as the tranny Juice bottles. DO NOT CONFUSE THEM! Even when someone in the auto parts business gives me something to use, I do "Double Check" behind them. Regardless if you pour in the wrong thing or not. IN THE END, YOU MUST DEAL WITH IT. NOT THEM! You really should get yourself a Repair Manual for your specific Year and Model--It will show you these things and a lot more. And Pics too! SINCE YOU ARE TRYING I WILL GIVE YOU MEGA BROWNIE POINTS! If you get a repair book--have the parts store people show you the Maintenance/ Mileage section in it. Lots of things you should be-a-doin' at certain times to insure your Jeep lasts a long time (like my 2)Let me know how all of this pans out.I hate hunting and pecking with no, "Rest of the Story"The Medic. My 2 Loyal Babies, 1977 CJ5 ("Mr. Jeep", 34 years) and 1946 Willys ("Willy", 65 years)
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