How to Check the Trans Fluid in a Jeep Patriot

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How to Check the Trans Fluid in a Jeep Patriot
Use a clean rag when checking the transmission fluid. (Walker and Walker/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Checking and changing the transmission fluid are among the many things that should be done when performing regular maintenance on your Jeep Patriot. Transmission fluid helps lubricate the transmission when idling and shifting gears. These shifts cause a tremendous amount of friction and pressure, so an adequate amount of clean lubricant is needed. Although the Jeep Patriot's transmission system is sophisticated, checking the fluid level is a simple task and should be done periodically to ensure that the system remains protected.

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Things you need

  • Clean rag

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  1. 1

    Start the engine and allow the Jeep Patriot to idle for about five minutes. Make sure the transmission is in "Park."

  2. 2

    Pull the bonnet release handle to unlatch the bonnet. This is usually located near the steering column under the dashboard.

  3. 3

    Open the Jeep Patriot's bonnet. If it is not equipped with a pneumatic system that holds the bonnet up, prop it open with the bonnet stand.

  4. 4

    Locate the transmission fluid dipstick near the back of the engine around the transmission. The dipstick is stamped or printed with "Transmission Fluid" or similar wording.

  5. 5

    Pull the dipstick straight up until it is completely clear of the tube.

  6. 6

    Wipe the fluid off the dipstick with the rag.

  7. 7

    Reinsert the dipstick fully into the tube, then pull it back out. Look at the dipstick and ensure that the fluid level is between the "Add" and "Full" marks.

  8. 8

    Reinsert the dipstick into the tube. Close the bonnet and turn off the engine.

Tips and warnings

  • If the transmission fluid level is below the "Add" mark, the transmission needs fluid and may have a leak.
  • Be careful to avoid adding too much fluid. If the fluid is above the "Full" mark, the transmission fluid can mix with air and cause shifting problems.

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