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Low Transmission Fluid

Any body knows the long/short term effect of low transmission fluid ? Since my car does not have dip stick to check, I only found out from the dealer service that the fluid is low. The trans was having difficulty enganging into gears, it feels like the engine is staling at the same time everytime shifting the engine rev up quite high and then shifted into higher gears. the engine check light was On too.
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How many miles are on the car and how is it shifting now? You might be due to drain and replace the old fluid anyway and I think that's a good idea. What were the comments made by the dealer?

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thanks for the reply.
Now the car is 85k miles on it, this is a sealed transmission with No dip stick that was repaired by the same dealer at 73k miles, replaced valve body, and No one else touch the transmission but this dealer. Actually this valve body was replaced before during mid 30k miles as well. I need to know the extend of this dealer responsibility on their own job beyond this service/repair. At first they were about to charge me for bringing up the trans fluid as part of maintenance.
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btw, the car is still being repaired. As we have no way of knowing the trans fluid level (no dip stick), and the car is Not leaking any fluid at all. Then How would we know if this fluid is low, since the last time this transmission was repaired (by the same dealer), I drove it for 12k miles when I felt funny (it's not quite obviouse whether it's engine or transmission) and engine check lite came On that I brought it in to the dealer. So I assume that future problems may not show up immediately nor abvious, then how can I hold the dealer responsible for their fault ?
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Although there is no dipstick there is a dipstick tool that allows you to check the level. Since there is no leak it sounds like the dealer tech who serviced it at 73,000 didn't put enough fluid in it. I'm wondering why you needed 2 valve bodies replaced. It might help some on here if you told us what year and model MB you have.

I am not qualified to answer your question about holding them responsible but it sounds like they might be.

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the car is 2004 s430.
the transmission was stuck (did not want to shift on both occasion). where can I get the dip stick tool, is this permanently installed ?
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No they are not permanently installed. Dealers sell the tool and others have found them on eBay. Also BW member Ohlord sells them and you can send him a private message.

That sounds unusual for the 2 valve bodies. The 1st could have been a fluke but the 2nd makes me think the dealer botched the job the first time. Try also asking on the W220 S-Class forum. Scroll down from here until you see the sedans section.

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Thanks for the lead for tool, I will follow up on the W-220 forum.
The valve body was replaced at the interval at apprx 35k miles that make me think that it's a defect design or some kind since they did not occur immediately after the repair.
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Yes it well might be and the owners on the W220 forum are the best to ask. It might help if you give them the car is a 2004 S430. You can also try searching that forum for valve body or transmission.

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