Date registered: Oct 2005
Vehicle: E-Class, SLK
Location: Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia
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RE: Transmission Dipstick for 2000 E320
Thanks Len. I received your email w/ attachments but it does not show a full-length of the dipstick. I will do some experiments on my car to figure out the distance. Following is my plan and I need the opinions from this Forum:
1. Assuming the existing fluid level in my car's tranny is correct and I will use it for the measurement baseline.
2. Make sure engine is hot and the best way to do this experiment is after driving the car for at least 15 miles.
3. While engine is running, press the brake and shift the gear back and forth a few times.
4. Engage the hand brake, shift the gear to neutral (while engine's running), use a bycicle brake line (or something similar to the oil dipstick for the engine) to measure the hot mark of the ATF level.
5. Repeat this experiment three time on the different days to get an accurate reading.
6. Cold marks? Per my view, they are not needed since I only check my ATF level while the engine is hot. In case you want to measure the cold marks, make sure the engine is cold and perform step 3, 4, and 5.
That's all folks!