You will need
Only use the recommended transmission fluid type noted in your owner's manual. Also, note that CVT transmission uses a different transmission fluid than the standard Mitsubishi automatic transmission.
- Ensure the engine is cold and has not been driven.
- Start the engine and move the shifter between P, R, N, D, stopping for five seconds on each gear.
- Park the car on level ground. Place gear selector in Park and engage the parking brakes. Leave the engine running.
- Pull the hood release under the dashboard and open the hood.
- Locate the transmission dipstick. In most Mitsubishi vehicles, it is on the driver's side, between the battery and the motor.
- Pull the dipstick out, clean it with a clean cloth. Fully reinsert it in the transmission tube.
- Remove the dipstick again. The level should be between the MIN and MAX mark lines that have C in the middle.C stands for cold, which means that transmission fluid is still cold. If the level is below the MIN mark, drive the vehicle for fifteen minutes in a stop-and-go pattern, making sure to shift through all the gears. Use the shifter lever to manually shift to 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th gears if the vehicle is equipped with a CVT transmission, drive, making frequent stops.
- Stop the vehicle and repeat steps 2 to 5. Since the transmission fluid has warmed up, if you follow the procedure above, the transmission fluid temperature should now be in the 70 − 80°C range. When you check the transmission fluid level, it should be between the MIN and MAX marks that have H in the middle. H stands for hot.
- If the transmission fluid level is low, add the recommended Mitsubishi transmission fluid level noted in your owner's manual.
If the transmission fluid smells burned, it can indicate internal transmission wear or a faulty torque converter. Replacing transmission fluid and filter can sometimes fix the problem, but there is no guarantee.
Do not overfill the transmission fluid level above the maximum mark, as this can cause transmission issues. In fact, Mitsubishi's automatic transmissions are susceptible to transmission fluid levels. Low transmission fluid can cause slipping, while high transmission fluid can cause erratic shifting and damage to the transmission internal components.
Should you check Mitsubishi transmission fluid level with the engine running?
Yes. When checking the transmission fluid level on a Mitsubishi, the engine should be running in Park or Neutral.
What are the symptoms of low transmission fluid on a Mitsubishi?
Common symptoms of low transmission fluid on a Mitbusih include:
- Transmission slipping
- Check engine light on
- Erratic shifting
- Transmission bangs when changing gears
- The vehicle won't accelerate.
- Transmission stuck in gear.
- Transmission won't change gears (not applicable to CVT)
The most common symptom of low transmission fluid