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    Default PS - Checking ATF level

    Hi,

    When checking the cold fluid level must the vehicle have stood for overnight for the fluid to be considered cold?

    If i check the fluid in the morning and pull out the dipstick for the 1st time it is at the cold mark but if i try immediately afterwards for 2nd time the level shown is closer to the hot mark.

    Is this due to the fact that the fluid drawn up into the dipstick tube is now affecting the level shown on the dipstick? The fluid is so thin that it makes it difficult to see a defined line on the dipstick.

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    Default Re: PS - Checking ATF level

    An auto gearbox fluid level must be checked with the engine idling
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    Default Re: PS - Checking ATF level

    Quote Originally Posted by Racer-X View Post
    An auto gearbox fluid level must be checked with the engine idling
    Yes I am aware. There are 2 marks on the dipstick, one for cold and one for hot. Cold is with the engine off. Hot is with the engine running and in neutral once the fluid has warmed up.
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    Default Re: PS - Checking ATF level

    I think you two are talking about two completely different things here.

    Hilux Raider is referring to power steering fluid
    Racer X you are referring to a auto box, automatic transition.

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    Default Re: PS - Checking ATF level

    Quote Originally Posted by Chris8d View Post
    I think you two are talking about two completely different things here.

    Hilux Raider is referring to power steering fluid
    Racer X you are referring to a auto box, automatic transition.
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    Default Re: PS - Checking ATF level

    Quote Originally Posted by Chris8d View Post
    I think you two are talking about two completely different things here.

    Hilux Raider is referring to power steering fluid
    Racer X you are referring to a auto box, automatic transition.
    The original post is slightly confusing, because by saying PS in the thread heading, it can mean either Power Steering or Pajero Sport, which is his other vehicle, according to his signature. In this case I believe the post refers to his Pajero Sport's automatic transmission fluid level, because I have never personally seen a power steering fluid reservoir that has a dipstick, normally they are clear reservoirs with a maximum and a minimum line on them.

    It would have helped a lot if the original poster would have bothered to type out Pajero Sport or power steering in his thread heading instead of just using the letters PS.
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    Default Re: PS - Checking ATF level

    I'm going with Pajero Sport and transmission fluid here.
    Please refer to your owner's manual. There is a detailed description on how to check the fluid level, which includes making sure the gear selector went through all its settings. It is generally considered better practice to check the transmission fluid when hot.

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    Default Re: PS - Checking ATF level

    Hi, as per the owners manual, you can check with a cold or hot tranny.

    Basic rules:
    1. The vehicle must stand level.
    2. Engine must be idling.
    3. Before pulling the dipstick, with the engine running, apply the handbrake and foot brake. Best practice is to also chock the wheels with the chocks securing the vehicle in both forward and reverse direction.Then move tranny through the selector positions, gently and return to "N", and keep handbrake engaged.
    4. Now remove the tranny's dipstick, wipe with a clean lint free cloth and re-insert, into the docking position with the clip latched.
    5. Pull out the dipstick again and check the level, if cold, the level must be in the "Cold" indication zone, if hot, and that will be after driving at least 10 or more km, the level should be in the range indicated for "Hot".
    6. Cold check best done after standing over night or 8 hours.

    The above is based on the owners manual instructions with additional comments.

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    Default Re: PS - Checking ATF level

    Quote Originally Posted by Thys Willemse View Post
    Hi, as per the owners manual, you can check with a cold or hot tranny.

    Basic rules:
    1. The vehicle must stand level.
    2. Engine must be idling.
    3. Before pulling the dipstick, with the engine running, apply the handbrake and foot brake. Best practice is to also chock the wheels with the chocks securing the vehicle in both forward and reverse direction.Then move tranny through the selector positions, gently and return to "N", and keep handbrake engaged.
    4. Now remove the tranny's dipstick, wipe with a clean lint free cloth and re-insert, into the docking position with the clip latched.
    5. Pull out the dipstick again and check the level, if cold, the level must be in the "Cold" indication zone, if hot, and that will be after driving at least 10 or more km, the level should be in the range indicated for "Hot".
    6. Cold check best done after standing over night or 8 hours.

    The above is based on the owners manual instructions with additional comments.
    Thank you for this informative reply.

    I thought PS was a well known abbreviation for Pajero Sport on this forum but my apologies for that.

    My owners manual for some reason does not state how to check the fluid level.

    Anyways I done a full service with filter and flush and all is good now.

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