The Turbo 350 is one of the most enduring automatic transmission designs that came from General Motors. This 3-speed automatic transmission was first fitted to General Motors vehicles in 1969. Its use continued until the mid '80s when it was replaced with the700R4. Until today, overhauled and remanufactured Turbo 350s are still dropped in hot rods, vans, muscle cars, and cruisers. There will always be chances of it failing you if it's not well-maintained. Therefore, its consistent maintenance is essential. When you feel the Turbo 350 start to hesitate, it's time for you to check the condition of the automatic transmission fluid. And you need to use the dipstick to do so. We tried the American Shifter Company automatic transmission dipstick on our '69 Chevelle with a Turbo 400 transmission. Here's what we found out:
- Applicable to Ford automatic transmissions (C6,AOD), GM automatic transmissions (700R4, TH350, TH400, 4L60, 4L60E), and Chrysler automatic transmission (A904)
- Braided stainless steel
- Extreme heat tolerance
- Customizable knob
- With flexible fill tub adapter
- With mounting brackets
- We invited an unsuspecting colleague to take a look at the Chevelle's engine bay. Upon popping the hood, we asked him to make a good guess where the automatic transmission dipstick is. He was quick to spot the dipstick with its unusual appearance. We thought this could benefit owners and mechanics alike when they want to spot the dipstick at the quickest possible time.
- Checking the automatic transmission fluid is straightforward. We followed the usual procedure without hassle and got our reading.
- The mounting brackets included in the kit were functional. These helped the dipstick stay clear away from other engine components.
- We think that the American Shifter Company automatic transmission dipstick is a little bit too ornate for its function. Its knob sticks out like a sore thumb in the midst of all the components found in the engine bay. While the dipstick functioned the way it should be, we believe that the design is an unnecessary modification.
The American Shifter Company automatic transmission dipstick functions like how any other dipstick would do. However, we don't think that there is too much benefit from having a distinguishable dipstick other than matching it with braided water hoses, chrome valve covers, and air filters.