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Old 01 Mar 2010, 01:32 am
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I just purchased an '06 pt cruiser with 50k miles. I checked the tranny fluid and it seems its overfilled. Also what is the correct tranny fluid recommended? On the way home I noticed a delay in shifting in the first gears, could this be the overfill of fluid? The fluid is clean and purple.

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Old 01 Mar 2010, 05:30 am
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Check the trans fluid level after the car has been driven a while and it is thoroughly warmed up. Put the shifter in Park and with the engine running (caution...stay away from moving parts, also, fan may start) check the level on the transmission dipstick...remove the dipstick, wipe it clean, reinsert and remove the dipstick...the level should be at the Hot mark. If it is overfilled, it may foam up and cause shifting problems. Use only ATF+4 fluid.
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Old 01 Mar 2010, 02:02 pm
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Interesting, I've never checked it with the car running and in park. I check it with the car warmed up and off. Your way is pretty dangerous. Never had a problem with my way.

If you are at 50k and the fluid has never been changed you are way overdue. Since the auto tranny is a weak link you should have service every 30k alternating between a drain and fill and a full flush. I'd do the full flush first.
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Old 01 Mar 2010, 05:59 pm
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The repair manual says to check the trans fluid with the engine running and the shifter in Park...in fact, in my experience, this is the way fluid is checked in all automatic transmissions. It is not necessarily dangerous but you do have to be careful. btw, to get an accurate reading make sure you are parked on level ground and for safety sake, set the parking brake.
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Old 01 Mar 2010, 06:19 pm
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Default Re: Overfilled tranny fluid

Pages 393 & 393 of the '06 owner manual has instructions for properly checking the fluid level of the automatic transaxle.

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Old 02 Mar 2010, 08:09 am
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Default Re: Overfilled tranny fluid

Did a little more research on this and checked repair manuals for various other vehicle makes and models...they all said to check the automatic transmission fluid with the vehicle completely warmed up with the engine running (observing appropriate cautions) and with the selector in Park. The transmission oil pump must be running in order to keep the torque converter full of fluid otherwise the fluid will mostly drain out of the torque converter into the pan and give a false overfull indication.
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