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Had a slow leak on an ATF->cooler line for over a month and I finally got a chance to replace it. I want to make sure I have enough fluid in the tranny but I can't get consistent readings even when I follow the service manual (drive 20 minutes, park, shift through all gears, pull dipstick/wipe/dip/read)

Usually one side of the dipstick is completely wet while the other flat side of the yellow measuring area is only wet at the bottom. The fluid is nice and pink because I had a flush before I replaced the line.

I was told if I needed to add fluid I should use a funnel and add it through the dipstick line. Is this the correct procedure?

What am I doing wrong? [dunno]
 

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You add fluid in the dipstick tube.

Make sure you are parking on a level surface and try not to shake the stick around too much when you pull it out.
 

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I figured out what was wrong. My ATF dipstick was bent in numerous spots so it would pick up fluid from the walls of the tube. Once I straightened it out, it went in smoothly and I was able to take an accurate reading. Thanks for the help.
 
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