Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Sudbury, Ontario
Car: 1999 Outback Sport EJ22
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Topping up transmission fluid, few questions
1999 outback sport, 2.2l EJ22 engine, automatic transmission. Purchased used 2 years ago. Haven't had any problems and have done regular maintenance. Currently at 215,xxx km, bought at 195,xxxkm (timing belt changed right before purchase).
Noticed the transmission has been shifting a touch "harder". Girlfriend hasn't noticed, but I am a bit more in tune with vehicles/engines. Read the owners manual and it turned out I was checking the transmission fluid levels incorrectly: wasn't cycling through gears before leaving it in park and wasn't checking with the engine on. After checking properly I see that the transmission fluid level is just a tiny bit below the "L" mark on the hot side of the dipstick.
Transmission fluid is pinky-clear, doesn't smell burnt, so I am just thinking about topping up the fluid level. A few questions:
1.) I don't know what type of fluid is currently in the transmission, alldata says Dexron II or Dexron III ATF for this car, does it matter which transmission fluid I get? Is mixing fluid types a concern?
2.) Is it worth draining the current fluid to make the fluid all the same?
3.) Is the dipstick "calibrated" like the oil dip stick? (i.e. the difference between L and F on the dipstick is 1 litre of oil allowing you to gauge how much oil to add). Is there a set amount of tranny fluid to add to bring it up to L from F?
4.) I am embarrassed that I didn't know about the correct AT level check procedure. Any other tidbits of wisdom anyone want to pass on that I might not know? (huge open ended question).