How do I check Transmission fluid without going to dealer
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    How do I check Transmission fluid without going to dealer

    The owner's manual says a land rover dealer must check and service the transmission fluid. Is there a way for me to do it?
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    Do you have the workshop manual CD - commonly called RAVE?
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    I do, guess I should have started there?
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    Quote Originally Posted by USAFBUckeye
    I do, guess I should have started there?
    Yes, the information is there. Remove fill plug, insert finger. Level should be right at the fill plug. Fill until fluid spills out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brett San Diego
    Quote Originally Posted by USAFBUckeye
    I do, guess I should have started there?
    Yes, the information is there. Remove fill plug, insert finger. Level should be right at the fill plug. Fill until fluid spills out.

    Brett
    Not totally right.

    Vehicle must be running and at operating temperature. Cycle the gears from P to 1 a couple times, then put it back in P. (or neutral??? can't remember now).
    THEN get dirty, pull plug, insert finger, fill until it comes out.
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    not quite either :P

    autobox is supposed to be checked when cold iirc.



    So, start it up,
    cycle through the gears
    put in Neutral
    disconnect filler pipe from side of sump.
    the correct level should at the lip of the filler hole.
    so either some will dribble out ( too full )
    or you put some in until it starts to dribble back out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fisha
    not quite either :P autobox is supposed to be checked when cold iirc.
    So, start it up,
    cycle through the gears
    put in Neutral
    disconnect filler pipe from side of sump.
    the correct level should at the lip of the filler hole.
    so either some will dribble out ( too full )
    or you put some in until it starts to dribble back out.
    I'm not sure here, but I don't think he has filler pipe such as the early models. The 2001 I worked on recently only had drain and fill plugs... no pipes. Somewhat like checking level in the difs.
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    agreed. but the hole is in the same place on both filler pipe and non filler pipe models.


    personally, the dipstick on the filler pipe is useless anyhow ... i just undo the filler at the sump end.
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    autobox drain / refill 99 & up

    Quote Originally Posted by RAVE
    GEARBOX - DRAIN AND REFILL - FROM 99MY
    Service repair no - 44.24.02
    Drain
    1. Position vehicle on ramp.
    2. Apply handbrake and position chocks under front and rear wheels.
    3. Position container under gearbox.
    4. Remove gearbox drain plug and discard sealing washer.
    5. Refit drain plug using new sealing washer and tighten to 15 Nm (11 lbf.ft).
    6. Remove filler/level plug and discard sealing washer.

    Refill
    7. Refill gearbox to bottom of filler/level plug hole with correct grade of fluid.
    8. Ensure gear lever in the íPí position, start engine and move selector lever through all gear positions and back to íPí position.
    9. With the engine idling, continue filling gearbox until a small thread of fluid runs from filler/level orifice.
    10. Refit filler/level plug using a new sealing washer and tighten to 30 Nm (22 lbf.ft).
    11. Lower vehicle.
    In the Maintenance section for "up to 99", it says Ensure vehicle is level, and NOTE: Check the fluid level only when the
    engine and gearbox are cold.

    So, when it mentions "ramp" in step 1 above, I park the truck level in the garage at standard ride height, and slide under.

    Also, before draining, I made sure I was able to remove the fill plug, same as I do on the diffs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kmagnuss

    Not totally right.

    Vehicle must be running and at operating temperature. Cycle the gears from P to 1 a couple times, then put it back in P. (or neutral??? can't remember now).
    THEN get dirty, pull plug, insert finger, fill until it comes out.
    Yes, thank you. There is that little detail about the car running while you check and fill.

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    I meant my crow to eat crow. Since I acted like I knew it all, and was only marginally correct. My apologies for misguiding the misguided.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kmagnuss
    Where's my crow?
    I'm gonna just hang on to it, I'll be needing it sooner or later...
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    I think there's something in the air...I've been wrong a few times lately. Maybe I need to start drinking again.
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