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2015 2.0 doesn't have a dipstick on the filler cap. Yes I know it has fill level bolt(somewhere). Is there an easier way to check?

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Nope. You don't have to check the level unless there is a leak. To check the fluid color/smell you'd have to use the fill bolt.

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So how do you know if you have a leak? Isn't that what a dipstick is for?

I know how to check it now but it's quite idiotic to have to remove a wheel, remove wheel well liner. Pull the check bolt and see if stuff runs out.

I mean seriously?

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If it's leaking you'll see it. It won't be a surprise.

 

In the past this was done simply because there was not enough room in the engine bay.

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Even without leaking, can it evaporate?

 

Is this common on modern engines? Sounds cost-cutter to me. Maybe Ford wants people paranoid and just changing their fluid more often... at the dealership

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No, it doesn't evaporate. The transmission is sealed. It isn't common but does happen. It's usually due to a technical/space issue not cost cutting.

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So there is NO way to determine the trans fluid level AT ALL? Is there at lease some type of sensor with a dash indicator to let one know when/if the fluid gets low?

Not even a sight glass?? Heh heh. :headscratch:

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If you see a puddle of reddish brown fluid on the floor, get it checked. :)

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Other manufacturers doing this too?

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It seems only the 2.0 EB has performed the vanishing act on the transmission dipstick.

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It seems only the 2.0 EB has performed the vanishing act on the transmission dipstick.

 

My 2000 Lincoln LS V8 did not have a transmission dipstick. We all thought it was some great new transmission feature that it never needed fluid replacement. Nope - the transmission engineer told us that there simply wasn't room in the engine bay.

 

Also - it was just cost savings then no vehicles would have them.

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Other manufacturers doing this too?

 

Yes

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The transmission is vented on top. Otherwise it could start to leak from seals due to pressure build up when oil heats and expands. My 2013 has a yellow plastic vent on top that can be pulled off and fluid added.

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