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Boatman
08-15-2013, 02:16 AM
I'm hauling a trailer with 6 bikes and 4 of us with all our gear to Utah from NY in a few weeks. Been doing maintainence on the van in preparation. 128k on the van and the trans was serviced at 62k. Anyway I bought a "factory" dipstick on eBay and for spits and giggles tonight I removed the cap and shoved it in the tube as far as it would go. Pulled it out and much to my amazement it shows wayyyyyy over full,, about 3 1/4".... dead cold hasn't been even started for a couple days. There was a sheet with the dipstick that said to insert the dipstick until it stops and that there may be extra still not inserted (I had a couple inches).

Sooo,,, a couple questions... is this the normal procedure for the dipstick or did they sell me some piece of crap? I know there are different hot and cold levels, does the amount it's over full seem right being that it's not been run at all.

FWIW,,,, the fluid was a nice reddish clear color.

The dipstick in question...

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y165/boatrman/Road%20trip%20Atlanta%202010/Sprinter/20130814_202604_zps45578f6d.jpg (http://s5.photobucket.com/user/boatrman/media/Road%20trip%20Atlanta%202010/Sprinter/20130814_202604_zps45578f6d.jpg.html)

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y165/boatrman/Road%20trip%20Atlanta%202010/Sprinter/20130814_202755_zps45d445df.jpg (http://s5.photobucket.com/user/boatrman/media/Road%20trip%20Atlanta%202010/Sprinter/20130814_202755_zps45d445df.jpg.html)

MillionMileSprinter
08-15-2013, 09:05 AM
What year is your Sprinter? I assume it's a T1N, but you didn't mention it.
There is a post on how to check your tranny fluid level here on the forum. Use the Search function.
I think it has to be brought up to operating temperature before you check it.

Boatman
08-15-2013, 01:12 PM
What year is your Sprinter? I assume it's a T1N, but you didn't mention it.
There is a post on how to check your tranny fluid level here on the forum. Use the Search function.
I think it has to be brought up to operating temperature before you check it.


This the T1N section correct??? Mine is an '04.

I did use the search function and didn't find the answers to my questions. Maybe I missed it. The dipstick has both cold and hot levels on it so this leads me to believe that the level can be checked either hot or cold.

I guess my hope was that someone that has a dipstick would look at my pics and compare it to theirs, then tell me mine isn't correct. Not just tell me to use the search function. Sorry but it irks me when the first reply is to use the search function and then provide info that they "think" is correct.

BTW,,, my van is 8' 2" and I've never hit anything.

Aqua Puttana
08-15-2013, 01:42 PM
You mentioned dead cold. Not running too? When the transmission is shut down the fluid drains back randomly from the pressured oil parts of the system. The level cannot be read with the engine not running because there is no consistentency to the drain back.

You likely are not overfilled.

For checking, the engine needs to be running in neutral or park after being shifted from drive to reverse. I recommend a hot check. The details are here.

http://sprinter-source.com/forum/showthread.php?p=220426#post220426

vic

...Not just tell me to use the search function. Sorry but it irks me when the first reply is to use the search function and then provide info that they "think" is correct.

...
I often temper my responses by using "I believe" or "I think". It makes my input no less valuable. At least he was trying to help. I won't bother to go into what irks me.

Boatman
08-15-2013, 02:27 PM
Thanks Vic,,,, you are a wealth of info. I did miss that info in my search and appreciate your taking the time to link it.

Yep I made a rookie mistake,,,, checked with the engine not running. Guess I'm conditioned with the hydraulic gearboxes in boats, engine not running to check the level.

I'll check it later when I get back to the shop,,,,, on my way out for a service call now.