How to Check the ATF Level on a Mitsubishi

Updated July 20, 2017

Most Mitsubishis are equipped with automatic transmissions as opposed to manual transmissions, which require the use of a clutch and a shifter. ATF, or automatic transmission fluid, keeps the moving parts inside your Mitsubishi's automatic transmission well-lubricated and operating smoothly. You should occasionally check ATF levels in your Mitsubishi via a special dipstick located in your Mitsubishi's engine compartment.

Locate your ATF dipstick. In the vast majority of Mitsubishi models, this dipstick is located on the driver's side of the engine block toward the very rear of the engine compartment. If the ATF dipstick is not in this location, consult the owner's manual.

Place the key in the Mitsubishi's ignition and start it. Allow the car to run for 3 minutes.

Pull the ATF dipstick out, wipe it clean and then reinsert it into the dipstick hole.

Pull the ATF dipstick out and look to see where the fluid level falls on the measuring indicators on the dipstick itself. If the fluid level falls below what is required, stop your engine, insert a funnel and add ATF.

Things You'll Need

  • Rag
  • Funnel
  • Automatic transmission fluid
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