ASE A2 Automatic Transmission Practice Test

41. An automatic transmission has no dipstick. After bringing the transmission to its 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. A small drip of transmission fluid should drip from the outlet with the engine running and the plug removed.

Answer B is wrong. When overfilled, transmission fluid will pour from the outlet.

Answer C is wrong. It is normal for a small amount to drip 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 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 or Torrington bearings reduce friction between two rotating parts. They do not require a preload.

43. The extension housing seal leaks and the bushing is worn on one side. Technician A says a binding universal joint could be the cause. Technician B says excessive output shaft endplay has 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 will not likely damage the extension housing bushing.

Answer C is wrong. Technician A is correct.

Answer D is wrong. Technician A is correct.

Clutch and band application chart.

44. The automatic transmission in the chart is slipping, and the transmission fluid is dark and smells burnt. Which of the following is MOST likely causing this condition?

  • A. The forward clutch.
  • B. The low roller clutch.
  • C. Differential case bearings.
  • D. The torque converter clutch.


Answer A is correct. The forward clutch is worn. Worn and burnt clutch friction material discolors the ATF and appears in the oil pan's base as little black pieces or dark-colored sludge.

Answer B is wrong. Roller and sprag clutches are one-way clutches that do not contain friction material.

Answer C is wrong. Transaxles combine the transmission with the differential. Worn differential case bearings make a whining or rumbling sound that increases with vehicle speed.

Answer D is wrong. The torque converter clutch will cause a vehicle to stall in gear if it stays engaged, resulting in poor fuel mileage when inoperative.

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 and smooth current in a circuit or circuit board.

Answer C is wrong. An inductor stores energy in the magnetic field created by the electrical current.

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