got a stupid question when checking fluid level on th 350 should be hot trans in park on level ground should engine be shut off to check . i checked it while it was running it shows 1 pint down i check it cold it shows just over the full mark so should engine be shut off to check. thanks joe :embarrass
07-28-2005 09:31 PM
My dipstick says to check it while engine is fully warmed up, and idling in gear.
Sometimes I use park but if I have a friend present I put it in drive with e-brake on.
07-30-2005 06:54 PM
Most all auto trans have on the dip stick how to check the fluid. They tell to check with engine running, and warm, and either in Park or Neutral. Checking one with the engine off will usually cause a high reading due to the fluid that has drained back from the convertor. When you first start it, the fluid will be picked up, causing a lower reading. They you wait and the fluid level will raise as the temperature raises. I really don't recall any that said to check it in gear. I must have missed that one.