Thursday, November 20, 2008

I'm no mechanic...but I'm not blind either

I know very little about cars. I mean, I know how to put in gas, washer fluid, brake fluid, coolant, power steering fluid and I could change a tire if I had to I guess. Other than that I'll have to pay somebody cash for their automobile knowledge.

Earlier this morning when I was taking my husband to work the transmission in my car slipped a little. I didn't think much of it. I had the oil changed and fluids topped off yesterday. Later on when I was heading to Clay County for my sister-in-laws sentencing the transmission slipped again and I decided to make a U-turn for the nearest service station for a bottle of transmission fluid.

I get the fluid, lift the hood and proceed to search for the transmission fluid reservoir.

Brake fluid reservoir. Check.
Power steering fluid reservoir. Check.
Washer fluid reservoir. Check.
Engine oil reservoir. Check.
Coolant reservoir. Check.
Transmission fluid reservoir......does not exist.

I stood there for a few minutes searching around under the hood for the place to check the transmission fluid and add some, trying not to feel like a car illiterate female (which is exactly what I am) and hoping I wouldn't have to go back inside and flaunt it. Finally, I had to swallow my pride and go back in the store and ask for the help of a couple of male counterparts. They gave me that condescending 'you stupid car illiterate female...poor thing' look. Then they came out and spent ten minutes looking under the hood of my car for the transmission fluid reservoir and they couldn't find it either. Sure made me feel much less dumb when a couple of redneck grease monkeys couldn't find it.

We finally gave up and I had to drive the car home.....very slowly. I'll be taking it in to the mechanic later today. But, before I do I want to ask my readers if they know where the transmission fluid reservoir is located on a 1998 Mercury Tracer. I've searched online for diagrams and can't find one. My owners manual was lost long ago. I don't know anyone else who drives the same kind of car to ask. I know the damn thing has a transmission and therefore transmission fluid must be used and there has to be a place to add it....but apparently it is invisible on my car.


Anonymous said...

Hey Loretta, not sure this will help in a timely fashion, but for a 1995 Trascer according to

The dipstick is located between the engine and battery on the driver's side.

Cheers from Ireland!

Anonymous said...

And unlike engine oil, for which there is a dipstick in one place and a cap which screws off revealing the opening to add oil in another place, transmission fluid gets poured into the tube where the dipstick resides.

Anonymous said...

I assume you found the dip stick? The tube the dip stick is in is how
you add fluid. The reservoir is like the one for your engine oil. It is
an oilpan on the bottom of the transmission. I very much like your
rants you say what you want and arnt bothered by what anyone thinks.
Keep up the good work.

Loretta Nall said...

Thanks guys :) I'll try again tomorrow and let y'all know how it goes.