how to check 68rfe fluid level

The 68RFE is a type of automatic transmission used in some Dodge Ram trucks. Checking the fluid level in a 68RFE transmission involves several steps. Here’s a general guide to help you check the transmission fluid level:

Materials You’ll Need:

  • Safety gear (safety glasses, gloves)
  • Jack and jack stands (if necessary)
  • A clean lint-free cloth or paper towels
  • Transmission fluid funnel (if needed)
  • A transmission fluid dipstick (if applicable)
  • Transmission fluid (if necessary)

Steps to Check the 68RFE Fluid Level:

  1. Safety First: Ensure that your vehicle is parked on a level surface and the engine is turned off. Put on safety glasses and gloves to protect yourself.
  2. Locate the Transmission Dipstick: Some vehicles with the 68RFE transmission have a transmission dipstick for checking the fluid level. The dipstick is usually located near the back of the engine compartment, secured with a locking tab. If your vehicle has a dipstick, locate it and proceed to the next step.

Note: Not all vehicles equipped with the 68RFE transmission have a dipstick. In some cases, you may need to access the transmission from underneath the vehicle. If there’s no dipstick, you may need to follow the procedure outlined in your vehicle’s service manual.

  1. Warm Up the Transmission: Start the engine and let it idle for a few minutes to warm up the transmission fluid. This helps ensure an accurate fluid level reading.
  2. Shift Through Gears: With your foot on the brake pedal, shift the gear selector through all the gears (from Park to Reverse, Neutral, Drive, and Low) and pause briefly in each gear position. Then, return the gear selector to the Park position.
  3. Check the Fluid Level: If your vehicle has a transmission dipstick, carefully remove it and wipe it clean with a lint-free cloth or paper towel. Reinsert the dipstick all the way, and then remove it again. Check the fluid level on the dipstick. There are usually “Hot” and “Cold” marks on the dipstick. The fluid level should be within the appropriate range for the transmission temperature.

Note: The “Hot” level is typically checked with the engine running and the transmission warmed up, while the “Cold” level is checked when the transmission is cold.

  1. Add Fluid (If Needed): If the fluid level is low, add the appropriate type of transmission fluid through the dipstick tube using a funnel. Be careful not to overfill, as too much fluid can also cause problems.
  2. Recheck the Fluid Level: After adding fluid, recheck the fluid level following the same procedure. It may take a few minutes for the added fluid to settle in the transmission.
  3. Secure the Dipstick: If the fluid level is correct, securely reinsert and lock the dipstick in place.
  4. Shut Off the Engine: Turn off the engine and wait a few minutes for the fluid to settle.
  5. Final Inspection: Double-check that the dipstick is properly secured and that there are no leaks around the transmission.

Remember to refer to your vehicle’s owner’s manual or service manual for specific fluid type recommendations, fluid level checking procedures, and any unique instructions or precautions related to your specific make and model of vehicle.

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