The trans fluid should be a translucent redish pink. Also, if you look on the dipstick, it will list "cold, warm, hot." The proper way to test it is when the engine is hot (normal operating temp) and on a level surface.
As far as the linkage, secure the vehicle so it can't move. Place it in park and put the parking brake on. Craw under it and locate the linkage that attaches to the transmission. It will be on the driver's side center of the transmission. Have a helper shift through the gears with his foot on the brakes. Make sure the linkage is moving the levers on the transmission.
Check that and let me know what you find.
Thursday, July 8th, 2010 AT 5:16 PM