ASE A2 Automatic Transmission Practice Test

41. An automatic transmission has no dipstick. After bringing the transmission to operating temperature and removing the plug, no transmission fluid is seen dripping from the outlet. Technician A says this is normal, and the fluid level is correct. Technician B says this indicates an overheated transmission. Who is correct?

  • A. Technician A
  • B. Technician B
  • C. Both A and B
  • D. Neither A or B


Answer A is wrong. The fluid should be filled to the base of the outlet. There's usually a small drip of transmission fluid coming from the outlet with the engine running and the plug removed.

Answer B is wrong. If the transmission were overfilled, a lot more fluid would pour from the outlet.

Answer C is wrong. Fluid should be seen dripping from the outlet.

Answer D is correct. Neither technician is correct.

42. Which of these automatic transmission bearings require a preload?

  • A. Ball bearings.
  • B. Thrust bearings.
  • C. Tapered roller bearings.
  • D. Needle bearings.


Answer A is wrong. Ball bearings are similar to roller bearings. The cages hold balls instead of rollers that are capable of handling heavy radial loads.

Answer B is wrong. Thrust washers control end-play.

Answer C is correct. Tapered roller bearings require a preload.

Answer D is wrong. Needle bearings or Torrington bearings are used to reduce friction between two rotating parts; they're often used with thrust washers. They do not require a preload.

43. The extension housing seal is leaking, and the bushing is worn on one side. Technician A says a binding universal joint could cause this wear. Technician B says excessive output shaft endplay caused this condition. Who is correct?

  • A. Technician A
  • B. Technician B
  • C. Both A and B
  • D. Neither A or B


Answer A is correct. A binding U-joint can damage the bushing and the seal.

Answer B is wrong. Output shaft endplay is not likely to damage the extension housing bushing.

Answer C is wrong. Technician A is correct.

Answer D is wrong. Technician A is correct.

44. A transaxle's torque converter clutch is not engaging. Technician A says a faulty TFT sensor could cause this. Technician B says a faulty ECT sensor would cause this condition. Who is correct?

  • A. Technician A
  • B. Technician B
  • C. Both A and B
  • D. Neither A or B


Answer A is wrong. Both of these technicians are correct. The transmission fluid temperature sensor and the engine coolant temperature sensor are vital inputs for torque converter clutch operation.

Answer B is wrong. The ECT inputs engine coolant temperature information. The TCM adjusts TCC application with this necessary input. TCM is an acronym for the transmission control module.

Answer C is correct. Both technicians are correct.

Answer D is wrong. Both technicians are correct.

Electrical symbol

45. The electrical symbol above is:

  • A. A variable resistor.
  • B. A capacitor.
  • C. An inductor.
  • D. None of these.


Answer A is correct. A variable resistor allows for adjustment and change in resistance between two points in a circuit.

Answer B is wrong. A capacitor is a device used to store an electric charge. They're great for smoothing current in a circuit or circuit board.

Answer C is wrong. An inductor stores energy in the magnetic field created by the electricity passing through.

Answer D is wrong. The component represented in the symbol is a variable resistor.