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Old 12-05-2012, 11:50 AM   #1 (permalink)
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2000 SEL 24 valve. After initial start up I put it in gear without applying any throttle there is a hesitation before car starts to move. If I apply throttle I get movement. I checked the fluid level cold and on level ground and the fluid was aprox. 3-5 inches above the hash marks. I checked it again hot and on level ground the fluid is between the hash marks. Why the initial hesitation and the difference in fluid levels? Are the two related?
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Atf should be checked with engine idling and at normal operating temp. Should be clean and red and in the safe crosshatch area. Mercon v atf. Fluid/filter change ea. 30k mi.
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Atf should be checked with engine idling and at normal operating temp. Should be clean and red and in the safe crosshatch area. Mercon v atf. Fluid/filter change ea. 30k mi.
Thank you, I understand the procedure for checking the fluid but what would cause the fluid to be 3-5 inches above the hash marks when cold?
Is this normal?
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Thank you, I understand the procedure for checking the fluid but what would cause the fluid to be 3-5 inches above the hash marks when cold?
Is this normal?
Fluid has not yet been pumped through all of the valve bodies,passages and filter yet when cold. That is why you notice a higher level.
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