PULL THE DIPSTICK ! * The dipstick is located between the engine and battery on the driver's side.
Should be a plug at the side of the transmission- fill to this level
On a 1997 Mercury Tracer : The AUTOMATIC transmission fluid dipstick would be on the side of the transmission ( transaxle ) in the area of the brake fluid reservoir . The manual transmission ( transaxle ) does not have a dipstick
No check , Just drain and add 2.83 qt. ATF in the speedo hole !
According to the 1997 Mercury Tracer Owner Guide : For the automatic and manual transaxle ( transmission ) ( Motorcraft MERCON Multi Purpose automatic transmission fluid )
Down the tube that holds trans dipstick.
On the 93 escort, brother to Tracer, there was only a breather valve at the top of the transmission and fluid needed to be added by removing an access bolt OR it had a small yellow dipstick at the top of the transmission.
I believe it's dextron/mercron II
I have a 89 tracer with a 5 speed manual transmission. When I had the transmission oil changed they removed the speedometer cable from the transmission and filled it through the odometer drive mounting hole. I laughed at the mechanic but he said that was the only way to do it. If there is no other hole to check the oil I guess you may have to pull the odometer cable to check it!!! Hope this helps you out. RG
Auto: fill through dipstick tube Std. Plug at side of transmission - fill to this level
The fluid should be at the top of the cross hash marks.