Hello, I just bought the car recently, Vaneo 1.6 petrol, '02. 123500km on it.
Since a couple of days i'm searching the net for how to check fluid level on A-class auto gearbox.
Mr. Lofty on your page (great site) it says:
"Get the gearbox up to 78C..... with the engine running and make sure you are at 11.5 on the dipstick."
"When transmission is cold, level must be between marks 2 and 4. The exact fluid level must be between 8 and 12 at 70-80 degrees c "
May i ask, what are those marks? eg. 11.5 = 11.5 milometers ?
My local MB shop doesn't have dipstick for sale, i know i can get it off ebay but if its just a piece of spring wire , why can't i just make my own.
Here is an example, i'm using a piano wire, i bottomed it out in the box, then pulled it out and it reads 7cm fluid level in the sump, with engine cold and stopped. Haven't checked it with running yet.
Can anyone post a picture of original dipstick with a metric ruler next to it? or at least tell me how to measure those marks for cold and hot levels.
i simply don't understand this
: "level must be between marks 2 and 4. "
My fluid seems to be bright yellow in color. Could it be genuine MB then?
I was planning to replace it with Mobil ATF320, according to Lofty 59a page.
I'm also considering Mopar ATF+4 which is fully synthetic, i'm using it in honda gearbox with good results.
Actually full flush would be the best, there are two pipes coming out of the radiator, i'm planning to disconnect one of them to catch old fluid, while constantly filling up the gearbox with a new fresh ATF. Of course it requires stopping the engine during the fill up.
I think whole gearbox holds ~6.5 liters but it would take ~8 for a complete flush.