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Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Orange Beach, AL
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DUMBEST question ever.....
....I mean, how can you mess up using a Dipstick????
new to me...2000 Excursion auto 7.3L with 156K miles and not a drop of anything hits the driveway.
...so I do my fluid check last weekend and test the tranny while the motor is running, shift in N and the engine/tranny warmed up. Dang, fluid barely on the dipstick; even below the Cold range. I end up adding more than a quart and the dipstick still shows low.
The truck runs and shifts fine.
This morning I check the fluid level with the truck Cold. DANG!! the level is over the top; higher than the Hot range on the stick! WTH??
It's hard to mess up a dipstick reading, but I need to know what's the right way to check that tranny before I blow something up by adding too much...or starve it by running too low.
Fluid is bright Red, by the way.
2000 F350 7.3 PSD
6" suspension lift
4" cat-back exhaust
air filter mod