ATF Level Checking ... Mazda 3

Ndx

Messages
1,875
Location
IL
I have 04 Mazda 3 2.3L I just checked fluid level ... And Its hard to read it shows that the oil is there but it is all over .. you can't see reading Engine was cold after night ... And level was reading full on hot and cold .. ( Overfilled from Factory ? ) Problem is that its one of those cable dipsticks http://vodpod.com/watch/1018831-how-to-check-your-atf-fluid you can see it here any tips ?
 
Messages
25,218
Location
Upstate NY
In some cases the dipstick tube has a bend and smears the ATF on one side of the flat dipstick. I assume it also does it on a cable dipstick. I have no great suggestion except to try and not twist the dipstick as you are pulling it out and see if either the front or back of the dipstick has a valid reading.
 

PT1

Messages
5,746
Location
near the mistake
I have seen guys clean all the oil off those cable dipsticks with brakekleen and then paint them so they can read them. Then use a plug for the tube and keep the dipstick in the garage or trunk for checking the oil only.
 
Messages
978
Location
Fernandina Beach FL

Ndx

Thread starter
Messages
1,875
Location
IL
none of them are good .. looks like its overfilled .. Thx Guys .. Painting will not help I think :D but sounds like good idea
 
Last edited:
Messages
13
Location
Ontario, Canada
 Originally Posted By: Ndx
I have 04 Mazda 3 2.3L I just checked fluid level ... And Its hard to read it shows that the oil is there but it is all over .. you can't see reading Engine was cold after night ... And level was reading full on hot and cold .. ( Overfilled from Factory ? ) Problem is that its one of those cable dipsticks http://vodpod.com/watch/1018831-how-to-check-your-atf-fluid you can see it here any tips ?
My user manual instructed checking ATF when engine is running and in park. You may want to drive the car around to bring you AFT temperature up first. I wipe the dipstick clean, quickly insert and then pull it out. I hope this will help.
 
Messages
9,395
Location
Canuck living in California
I scored the flat part of the dipstick with 100 grid sandpaper, thus making it slightly duller than before. This helps to distinguish the shiny ATF from metal. Reading the dipstick on this car is tricky, I try to hold it on an angle so that light reflects from ATF, this way you can see the line on the metal. Also, take a couple of readings to make sure its consistent.
 
Last edited:
Messages
22,738
Location
CA
I've found that in those situations, the best approach is to pull the stick in and out very quickly. This solved the smearing problem on my Saturn.
 
Top