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I had my 01 Sable for two months. Until today, did I realized that the transmission fluid is way too much. Almost 3 inches more than the high level. What is the consequence to have too much fluid there? How can I get some fluid out then?

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The usual. Foaming due to air in the oil. But not near the problem as with the oil in the crankcase. If you haven't had any problems then maybe all is OK? Time will tell.

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When I had my tranny flushed, they put too much tranny fluid in. It caused a very rapid leak until the level got to normal. Although, ever since, I've had a slow leak. I don't know if a seal went bad from too much fluid or something (if that can even happen) or if the old dirty fluid was just blocking this leak and after getting it flushed it showed it's face again.

Luckily, Lucas transmission fix helps stop the leak for a good 3 months before having to add more.

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Probably going out the vent.

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I had my 01 Sable for two months. Until today, did I realized that the transmission fluid is way too much. Almost 3 inches more than the high level. What is the consequence to have too much fluid there? How can I get some fluid out then?
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Were you checking the tranny fluid level cold, with the engine off, or after it had warmed up & with the engine running & in P, or N, as our owners manual calls for????

If the tranny is really over filled, you can easily remove some. if your tranny has a dip stick, by removing it & inserting a piece of tubing about the same dia & a foot or two longer than the dip stick, then attach a hand tansfer pump to it & pump out what you need too.

If you don't have a transfer pump, you can fashion one from a liquid soap pump, or even a spray bottle pump, by attaching the tubing to the pumps syphon tube, but they'll take a little longer to pump out a sizeable volume.

If you have to use a spray bottle pump, dril out to open up the small srpay hole, so it'll pump easier.
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Overfilling the transaxle is not nearly as bad as overfilling the crankcase, but if it's overfilled by as much as you say, I wouldn't wait too long to remove some. If it's not shifting funny, or slipping, or doing anything really obvious, then you probably haven't done any harm.

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I had about 2.5-3" of overfill in mine, no damage done apparently. It was overfilled for at least 60,000k.

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The trasmission fluid level is measured after car sits overnight. Now, I did feel the transmission hard shift at ~ 40 MPH. Anything I need to do?

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The transmission fluid needs to be at operating temperature, so you need to drive for 15 - 20 minutes, and you need to be on a level surface, in order to determine whether or not it's at the proper level.

Also, overfilling isn't going to damage the transmission. When it's overfilled, the transmission will just purge what isn't needed out of the overflow valve. It's underfilling the transmission that will cause big issues.

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The trasmission fluid level is measured after car sits overnight. Now, I did feel the transmission hard shift at ~ 40 MPH. Anything I need to do?
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IMO, before you do anything, we need to determine if you've properly checked the tranny fluid level.
If you've been checking it with the engine off & the tranny fluid cold, after an overnight sit like you'd check the engines oil level, then you've not done it right.

Your owners manual will specify how to do it.

If you don't have a owners manual, try the followng.

Don't know where you are right now, nor how cold it is, but to Fully warm the transmission fluid before checking, it might reqire a 10-20 mile drive, to bring it up to full operating temperature & this is very important in order that you get an accurate dipstick reading.

After warming it up & stopping on a level surface, as has been suggested, set the parking brake, so the vehicle won't move & with the tranny fluid warmed to oerating temp & the engine running at warm idle, slowly shift into ALL gears, so you feel each one engage, including Reverse, then end in "P".

Leave the engne idling in "Park", raise the hood, pull & wipe the tranny dipstick, reinsert it fully, wait say 5 seconds, then pull & read the dipstick fluid level.
Done thusly, the level shouldn't be above the cross hatched area on the dipstick.

If it's overfilled, you can easily pump some out, as I outlined above.

Once you know the tranny fluid level is right, let us know how it's color looks, smells & feels & how the tranny shifting is behaving.

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