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Old 11-16-2019, 05:18 PM   #1
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1978 Dodge Auto Dipstick

Is anybody familiar with dodge sportsman automatic transmission dipstick that checks the fluid automatically? The lamp that's hooked in with the wiring was laying behind the air conditioning controls and I have no idea where it goes. It's not in any of my owner's manuals. All they talk about is the pull out dipstick.
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Old 11-20-2019, 11:46 AM   #2
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For a few years after the " B " body Dodge van was introduced , it was necessary to remove the doghouse to check the trans fluid; so the dipstick and tube were the same as the cars and pick ups . A plastic dipstick was introduced so the removal was not required .
The plastic dip stick had a top about 3" tall and 1 1/4" dia. and a mini float set up , that extended into the fluid, and the related wiring attachment at the top.
Then the extended trans dipstick was introduced, so fluid level could be checked under the hood. Not sure what year.
The dash board and wiring behind it didn't change for years , so the connector is a hold over from when the plastic dipstick was in use.
The extended trans dipstick wasn't available in the plastic with the level sensor.
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Old 11-21-2019, 12:15 AM   #4
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This is no place in the dash for a auto check transmission fluid light. The bulb and wiring was just laying behind the ac controls. And it would light up sometimes but not anymore. I might convert it over to a extended dipstick cause if I get it back to working, I think I would trust it.
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Just to show you that I should never trust anything to memory , I've been unable to find a photo of the dipstick , only a description on e bay that lists the sensor as a thermister, not a level sensor and the light as one for trans temp .
The description came up in a search for ,1970 B van, 727 auto trans dipstick, with only an image of a non electronic replacement, about a foot long.

I owned a 1973 B van from new and worked for Chrysler dealer from 1975 to 2007.
If I do find an image , I will post it.
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Not sure why I can not post a picture tonight but the light is under the radio. Actually it does not even look like a light as it is a recess rectangular area but that is where the bulb goes. It is rather difficult to see from the seat, you need to lean down to actually see it but the system does work. I have posted pictures in the past but if someone wants to tell me how to do it I will take one of the dash and the op manual and put on here.
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There are two lights that plug into the radio dash bezel below the radio. One is the trans light and the other is the fuel pacer light that comes on when you give excessive throttle and are wasting gas.
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There are two lights that plug into the radio dash bezel below the radio. One is the trans light and the other is the fuel pacer light that comes on when you give excessive throttle and are wasting gas.
Was that a 77 thing? The 76 op manual does not talk about that light and I have never found anything in the engine compartment that would have controlled it. I have a 75 F350 that has a light like that.
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Was that a 77 thing? The 76 op manual does not talk about that light and I have never found anything in the engine compartment that would have controlled it. I have a 75 F350 that has a light like that.


My 77 dodge is missing the bezel and I couldn’t find anything about the two lights until I saw a listing on eBay for the bezel and saw what the lights plugged into. I Googled “Fuel Pacer Light” and read it was a feature on Dodge/Plymouth cars and trucks during the 1970’s. On my Dodge, I notice that one light comes on when I rev the engine high and I assume that is the fuel pacer light.Click image for larger version

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Interesting. I just looked in the 76 op manual and it only shows the transmission light so fuel light must have been 77 and up. On my F350 it is actually just a vacuum sensor that turns on the light if the vacuum drops below a certain point. I have never actually connected a gauge to determine the trigger point but the system still works.
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WOW! Mine has that same radio bezel. It's just tan. I just didn't know that strip below the radio was for the trans light socket. And it has the fuel pacer too. But it doesn't have the bulb, socket, or wiring for that. Mine may not come with that option. Thanks so much guys!!!!!
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