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    Quote Originally Posted by David T View Post
    When DMC wrote the Workshop Manual they had to have used the 4141 manual to create their Workshop Manual. DMC chose to use a slightly different method, probably because the temperature range of the transaxle is a little different because the engine is in the rear. There are a few instances where DMC chose not to do things quite the same way as the 4141 manual does them. In those cases you should defer to the DMC manual. As for the level, there is an acceptable range. Because of the large volume of fluid it expands and contracts a lot due to the temperature changes. The amount is affected by the ambient temperature and the temperature of the motor. Try to stay withing that range.
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    You can always drain it and add the spec amount then see what's normal, before it has a chance to leak....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron View Post
    +1

    You can always drain it and add the spec amount then see what's normal, before it has a chance to leak....
    Thanks Everyone. Great advice as always here on talk!

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    Draining it is not an option. Unless you disassemble the entire transmission and drain each part there is no way to get all of the fluid out. The torque convertor alone holds almost a gallon and it doesn't even have a drain plug. Just follow the procedure in the manual and try to get it right in the middle, certainly at least to the min level. Understand that when cold the level is much lower and you still won't harm the transmission but if you have too much and get it hot it will be over-filled and that can cause foaming and leaking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David T View Post
    Draining it is not an option. Unless you disassemble the entire transmission and drain each part there is no way to get all of the fluid out.
    Not according to G:05:01. What's left is insignificant.

    Bring it 'up to' "HOT".

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