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Is the motor supposed to be in neutral and runing to check transmission

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Jessica Howe, Automotive Expert & Coach at


The engine should be running, and it should be at normal operating temperature. Keep the vehicle in park rather than in neutral. Wipe the dipstick, then reinsert for a moment to get a true reading on the dipstick. You can also add transmission fluid if needed through the dipstick tube. Good luck!

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