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Transmission fluid... oops
So, I drained and filled the transmission fluid on both my cars about 2 months ago, and then was away from home for a bit. My sister drives my black one to school every day and the silver one is my parents' daily driver. My mom texts me one day that there's a big stain in the driveway from the silver car. She took it to the mechanic the next day, who informed her that "somebody messed with the transmission bolt". I asked my mom for clarification, was it the crush washer, was the drain bolt just loose, but she had no idea what the mechanic was even talking about. My mechanic told my mom that he tightened it and that "everything was fine now".
I thought it was strange because I know I tightened the drain bolt enough. My black one isn't leaking, and I've done 3 drain/fills on that car, so at least I did that one right. I'm wondering if the crush washer is the problem? I'm the only person to have ever touched the transmission drain bolt on my black one (the previous owner had never changed the transmission fluid). My mechanic did a drain and fill on the silver one when it had 50K miles, maybe he tightened the drain bolt to the point that he damaged the crush washer? What is the part number of the crush washer?
I'm home for the weekend and it looks like it's not leaking anymore. But I'm trying the check the fluid level and can't seem to get an accurate reading. The dipstick has COOL (2 notches) and HOT (2 notches) marks, for a total of 4 notches. I take this to mean the level should be between the 2 COOL notches when the transmission is cold, and between the 2 HOT notches when the transmission is hot. I checked the level yesterday, and it was in between the 2 COOL notches. But when I checked the level hot today (after a 1 hour drive), it looked like it was still between the 2 COOL notches and not anywhere near the HOT notches. How do I read this properly? I added half a quart through the dipstick anyway.
Also... when I pulled the dipstick, there were some particles on the dipstick. Almost like small dust sized clumps of something. Couldn't really tell if they were clumps of fluid or clumps of metal. I've never seen this before. I'm worried the fluid level was low to the point that the transmission fluid got cooked or something? It didn't smell particularly bad or look black, but I'm worried I damaged it somehow though. Anyone see particles stuck to the dipstick before?
Suggestions? I drove the car 100 miles today and the car shifted just fine. Should I just change the fluid again in case it was burned and replace the crush washer while I'm at it? Thanks.
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