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I have a 2005 dodge Dakota st 3.7 liter v6 automatic 4x4 with 112000 miles on it. 

I just changed The transmission fluid and filter and put a new gasket on it because found out the previous mechanic did not do it even though he was paid to do it. Everything is good and no leaks but I checked the fluid level after warming up and driving for a while in neutral with the hand brake on. It was in the upper range of full or hot not over. But when I checked it the next morning when cold it was about a quart over? So yet again checked it after driving and warming it up in neutral with a hand brake on and the fluid was in the normal range. Should I take about a half to a full quart out? It has been about a week now since all this was done? Nothing is wrong I just never had this issue before it always stayed the same no matter if it was cold or hot! Can anyone shed some light on this for me? I have checked this every day since and the same thing no difference. I used

Valvoline ATF +4 Full Synthetic Automatic Transmission Fluid

Thanks, everyone for help with this weird question.

 

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did you read the procedure for checking the ATF level in your owner's manual?

If you have too much fluid, it will become aerated and actually read low on the stick.

I am constantly amazed at how many people have never read their owner's manual.

@doc
I know. It boggles the mind. All you have to do is pick it up and read it.

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Quart over on cold is weird, when after the change did you row through all the gears to make sure the fluid has circulated fully? Usually trans fluid is checked when hot because when the fluid expands when hot so what I'm assuming since it's normal operating temp shows okay, the fluid just has to be more circulated through all the gears. Try to row throw the all the trans gears, from park to whichever ya got L1-2-3 type of thing since you said it never fluctuated before. If not you can take out a bit but a little over is probably fine if you are not driving crazy cause it'll just sit in the pan anyways.

Yes, thank you for your reply. yes, I went through all the gears and ended back up in neutral with it running. Will give it a few more days then maybe take out half a quart? For years I had been paying to have it flushed and then at 90000 change filter and fluid another flush. well just checked it one day and fluid was low so looked underneath and you could tell it never had been done. So that is why i did it myself. I will give it a little more time just to make sure then take out half a quart to feel better! LOL Before it was always the same cold or hot. probably because they never actually done anything to it except top it off maybe?? Thank you if you think of anything please let me know! i am going to try and suck it out of the fill tube do you think that will work? Or will I have to go back underneath to the lines going to the radiator?
thanks again Sir
brian

You should be able to suck it out of the fill hole, that would be most easy way if you can do it.

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I checked the fluid level after warming up and driving for a while in neutral

 

Yes, thank you for your reply. yes, I went through all the gears and ended back up in neutral with it running.

 

Why are you checking it in Neutral?

 

 

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