Check Mitsubishi Automatic Transmission Fluid Level

How to check transmission fluid level on Mitsubishi

If your Mitsubishi has started to shift erratically, the problem could be low transmission fluid level. Before you spend money on transmission repairs or diagnostics, check the transmission fluid level. 

This guide will help you check transmission fluid level on Mitsubishi models such as Lancer, Outlander, Mirage, Eclipse, Galant, ASX, Carisma etc. 


  • 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


  1. Warm up the transmission fluid
  2. There is fluid in the transmission. Driving a vehicle with very little transmission fluid could cause damage to the transmission. 



  1. Drive your Mitsubishi for 15 min to warm up the transmission fluid. 
  2. Park your Mitsubishi on level ground and set the parking brakes. park mitsubishi  to check transmission fluid level


  3. 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. start mitsubishi engine and let it idle


  4. Pull the hood release under the dashboard and open the hood. 
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  5. Locate the transmission dipstick and remove it.  mitsubishi transmission dipstick location
  6. Wipe the dipstick clean with a lint free cloth.wipe dipstick
  7. Reinsert the dipstick making sure it is fully inserted then remove after a couple of seconds. mitsubishi transmisison dipstick


  8. Note the transmission fluid level. It should be between the Max and Min lines marked with a H for Hot. MITSUBISHI TRANSMISSION DIPSTICK


  9. 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. 

Mitsubishi Transmission Fluid

Mitsubishi Diamond SP-III ATF

  • 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.

Mitsubishi J4 (J1) CVT 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.

Mitsubishi J2 Automatic Transmission Fluid

  • 6 Speed Automatic Transmission
  • Outlander V6 3.0L Engine 2007 - 2009
  • Part number MZ313771 
  • Capacity: 4.0 Quarts.


  • 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 owners manual. 
  • Before you start the warm up trip follow the same steps in this guide to check that there is transmision fluid. The level should be in the C (cold) marks of the dipstick. 


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