In this guide, you will find step-by-step instructions on how to check transmission fluid level on Mitsubishi vehicles such as Lancer, Outlander, Mirage, Eclipse, Galant, ASX, Carisma etc.
Typical symtoms of low transmissoin fluid level include:
- Hesitation shifting gears
- Erratic shifting
- Transmission surges into gear
- Delayed gear engagement
- Transmission slipping
- Transmission wines (similar noise to low power steering fluid)
Insufficient fluid or excessive fluid could cause transmission problems.
What you will need
- Mitsubishi Transmission Fluid
- Clean lint-free cloth
Only use the recommended fluid type noted in your owner's manual.
How To Check Mitsubishi Automatic Transmission Fluid Level:
- Drive your Mitsubishi for 15 min to warm up the transmission fluid.
- Park your Mitsubishi on level ground and set the parking brakes.
- Start the engine and with the brakes applied, move the transmission shifter between all the gears. Move the shifter into Reverse, Neutral, Drive, Low gears stopping for a few seconds on each gear. Move the shifter back in Park and allow the engine to idle.
- Pull the hood release under the dashboard and open the hood.
- Locate the transmission dipstick and pull it up.
- Wipe the dipstick clean with a lint free cloth.
- Reinsert the dipstick making sure it is fully inserted then remove after a couple of seconds.
- Note the transmission fluid level. It should be between the Max and Min lines marked with a H for Hot. If you are measuring the transmission fluid without warming up the car, the level should be in the C - Cold range.
- If the level is below the Min mark add transmission fluid level via the dipstick tube. Wait a few minutes and recheck the level. Do not overfill past the MAX line.
If your Mitsubishi has started to shift erratically, the problem could be a low transmission fluid level. Before you spend money on transmission repairs or diagnostics, check the transmission fluid level.
- Make sure the engine is running when you check the transmission fluid level.
- Do not overfill your transmission with fluid past the Max line as this can cause shifting problems and even damage your transmission.
- There are several Mitsibushi transmission fluid types. Only use what is recommended in your owner's manual.
- Before you start the warm-up trip follow the same steps in this guide to check that there is transmission fluid. The level should be in the C (cold) marks of the dipstick.
Recommended Mitsubishi Transmission Fluid
- Mitsubishi transmission fluid for the 3 and 4, and 5-speed automatic transmissions
- Most common Automatic Transmission except for 6 Speed and CVT
- Meets requirements of SP II
- Part number MZ320200
- Used in most 2000-2011 models such as Eclipse, Endeavor, Glanat, I-MIEV, Lancer, Mirage, Montero, Outlander.
- Also for Kia and Hyundai vehicles that require SPIII Automatic transmission fluid.
- Lancer, Outlander and Outlander Sport Models with CVT transmission 2008 - 2018
- Total transmission capacity: is 4.2 Quarts.
- Part number MZ320185
- J4 replaced the J1 CVT Fluid. If your Owner's manual says to use J1, you can use J4 as well.
- 6 Speed Automatic Transmission
- Outlander V6 3.0L Engine 2007 - 2009
- Part number MZ313771
- Capacity: 4.0 Quarts.