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Old 01-23-2014, 04:41 AM   #1
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Transmission Dip Stick

A question for all of the Monaco Knight owners out there. I have always kept a look at the oil in our transmission via the Allison shift pad but decided to check it with the dip stick the other day and got a really big surprise,no dip stick. Is there supposed to be one and ours got missed or do none of them have any ? Have you all looked ? I just found it kind of odd not to have one....Alan
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A question for all of the Monaco Knight owners out there. I have always kept a look at the oil in our transmission via the Allison shift pad but decided to check it with the dip stick the other day and got a really big surprise,no dip stick. Is there supposed to be one and ours got missed or do none of them have any ? Have you all looked ? I just found it kind of odd not to have one....Alan
Not sure on your model but I have heard that some models do have a dip stick that is only accessible from the engine hatch in the bedroom. I would not worry about it as long as the shift pad method says the fluid level is ok. Detroit has been manufacturing automatic transmission for years now without dip sticks to check the transmission fluid. I have one with a six speed automatic that is seven years old now and has never given any trouble or leaked. The vehicle has 140,000 miles on it now and I just had the transmission flushed and the fluid replaced. That is scheduled for 150,000 miles but the radiator sprung a leak and I requested the transmission service when I had the radiator replaced.

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Monaco dip stick

I have a 2011 Monaco Knight No dipstick, Chris S
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Old 01-23-2014, 08:22 AM   #4
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Most Monaco's do not have a transmission dip stick. My manual says the Allison "buttons" should be used as they are more accurate .
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This is the first I've heard of the **** pad method. Do they all have this? Can someone tell me how to use the shift pad to check the fluid level?

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no dipstick on my 2004 Diplomat. Surprised me too first time I realized it. My manual tells how to check from the console. My biggest challenge is that is suggest fluid temp about 140 and my gauge typically hovers just below that.
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Our coach is a 2012 Knight and there is a place in the rear next to the engine dipstick for adding fluid if needed but no dipstick in it . I guess I won't loose any sleep over it as apparently Monaco just don't use them Alan
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The owners manual for the transmission says there is a short dip stick on the side of the transmission. Access would be from underneath the motorhome or thru the bedroom fIoor access panel. I go by the shift control readout. Instructions on how to access the level readings thru the shift controller are also in the manual.
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I have a 2008 Knight and have 2 dipsticks one at the rear next to where you fill it. one on the engine accessible thru the rear hatch. I must have got lucky.
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The 'Pad' Method

Using the keypad is more accurate but the transmission has to be 'up to operating temp'.

You'll get an error message (OL70 on a 3000MH). FYI It takes a fairly long drive to get warm enough.
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My '02 Diplomat has a tranny dipstick available thru the bedroom floor hatch.
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You need to get the manual and read it to be sure you are doing it right. The trans MUST be warmed up, if you take it for a drive it must idle for a few a minutes to level trans fluid before you will get the correct code. You press the 2 arrow buttons at the same time and release them and it will start giving you codes. Press the neutral button the stop test. First time I did it I thought it was broke for sure! Then I dug out the manual and understood what I was seeing.
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Same Here

I too wondered why no tranny dip stick at rear.
However, as already noted elsewhere, there is a short dipstick accessible from the bedroom hatch on our 2006 Monaco Camelot.
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I too wondered why no tranny dip stick at rear.
However, as already noted elsewhere, there is a short dipstick accessible from the bedroom hatch on our 2006 Monaco Camelot.
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A dipstick at the rear would be about 6 feet long. Not a good plan.

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