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<br>I just took delivery of a 2004 XC90 and want to check/change all fluids. I can't find the dip-stick for the transmission fluid. Can anyone tell me where this is?!
 

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Re: newbie, can't find transmission fluid dipstick! (austinJeff)

There is no user-accessible dipstick on either 04 XC90 transmission (yours a 2.5T or T6?). I would not recommend changing the fluid yourself, it's something of a dealer job. How many miles?<p>Tom.
 

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Re: newbie, can't find transmission fluid dipstick! (austinJeff)

It's there, keep lookin'....<p> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>I've had too much coffee. Anyone else not have to work on this fine Monday?<p>Tim <p>PS, I was kidding, you can stop looking now...
 

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Re: newbie, can't find transmission fluid dipstick! (t6tim)

The transmission dipstick on my 2004 T6 is in the back side of the engine bay, at eye level. Check the manual for more information.
 

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Re: newbie, can't find transmission fluid dipstick! (ig_mb)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>ig_mb</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">The transmission dipstick on my 2004 T6 is in the back side of the engine bay, <b>at eye level.</b> Check the manual for more information.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>At eye level? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/confused.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>From what perspective? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: newbie, can't find transmission fluid dipstick! (1sttimevolvo)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>1sttimevolvo</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">At eye level? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/confused.gif" BORDER="0"> <br>From what perspective? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>As I said, on my <b>T6</b>, the "ATF" dipstick is at eye level when you are standing in front of the car, with the hood open.<p>The 2.5T and the V8 may or may not have a transmission dipstick and it they do have one, it may be located elsewhere. I can only speak about the <b>T6</b>.<br>
 

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Re: newbie, can't find transmission fluid dipstick! (1sttimevolvo)

Got it. What I meant is that it is not hidden behind anything and it is near the top level of things you can find under the hood. You are correct that that is not exactly "eye level". Sorry for the confusion.<br>
 

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Re: newbie, can't find transmission fluid dipstick! (austinJeff)

<I><br>I just took delivery of a 2004 XC90 </I> <p>Jeff....<br>Did you take delivery from a Volvo dealer?....an independent used dealer or an indivdual?<br>Here's what the owners manual says:<br>"Check automatic transmission fliud level ONLY if an external leak is identified. Volvo recommends changing the ATF every 52,500 miles ONLY on vehicles used for towing."<p>The transmission is a sealed system and unless you experience some sort of transmission issue...it does not need to be changed. In any event...go to a dealer and be sure it gets the proper replacemnt fluid and is done by a Volvo tech. Not saying that you are not capable...just IMO...I would have the dealer do it!<br>
 

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Re: newbie, can't find transmission fluid dipstick! (ig_mb)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>ig_mb</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Got it. What I meant is that it is not hidden behind anything and it is near the top level of things you can find under the hood. You are correct that that is not exactly "eye level". Sorry for the confusion.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Okay.<p>I've examined every square-inch of our 2.5T XC90 and have been unable to locate a dipstick. As the owner's manual makes no mention of how to monitor transmission fluid levels, I simply figured it's (as the previous post indicates) that it was a closed system that required no fluid level monitoring.
 

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I'm not sure about the 2.5 but I know for sure the T6 has one and the V8 does not.<p>I hope Volvo does not consider their sealed transmission to have "lifetime" automatic transmission fluid (ATF) like Volkswagen and Audi does.<p>Check out some sealed transmission and ATF woes <A HREF="http://www.audipages.com/Tech_Articles/auto_transmission/autotranservicing.html" TARGET="_blank">here</A> and <A HREF="http://forums.vwvortex.com/zerothread?id=1064342" TARGET="_blank">here</A>.
 

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Re: newbie, can't find transmission fluid dipstick! (universityvolvoOSD)

<br>Took delivery from a Honda dealer that got it as a trade. Got a better deal because Volvo hadn't inspected/certified it yet. It has 29k on it and it's the 2.5T AWD. I'm one of those people that like change all fluids when I get a car (or atleast inspect them), so I was frustrated by the lack of dip-stick!<p>Thanks for all the replies!
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>civster</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I'm not sure about the 2.5 but I know for sure the T6 has one and the V8 does not.<p>I hope Volvo does not consider their sealed transmission to have "lifetime" automatic transmission fluid (ATF) like Volkswagen and Audi does.<p>Check out some sealed transmission and ATF woes <A HREF="http://www.audipages.com/Tech_Articles/auto_transmission/autotranservicing.html" TARGET="_blank">here</A> and <A HREF="http://forums.vwvortex.com/zerothread?id=1064342" TARGET="_blank">here</A>.</TD></TR></TABLE><br>Well, actually, Volvo does consider the 2.5T and V8 A/T fluid to be a lifetime fill. "Lifetime" is actually a marketing spin term. The transmission fluid will burn if subjected to severe duty (notice the service recommendation to replace the fluid if the car has been used for towing...). Personally, I change the transmission fluid every 15,000 miles.
 
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