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check trans. fluid level per owners manual.The high operating temperatures cause fluid to expand greatly,an over-filled transmission can actually force excess fluid out of the dip stick tube.check level with trans. hot,engine running in park on a level surface. After driving,place shifter in park,hold brake and move shifter through all gears and back to park.remove dipstick,wipe clean,re-insert and check fluid level.normally,trans fluid & filter should be changed +/- 100 k miles
With the engine and transmission at operating temperature, and on a level surface, leave the car run and pull out the dip stick marked "trans". Wipe it clean with a rag and put it back in. Pull it back out and look for the level of fluid on the end of the dip stick. It will be marked where the acceptable level of fluid is.
let the engine get hot, park on level ground, open hood, the trans dip stick is at the back of the motor, alot of them today has a yellow or red handle on it. hot in park ,level ground ,pull the dip stick and read on stick, full or add or any fluid touching the stick.hope to help.
Great design!!!! There is a plug on the right side of the unit.(like the ones on a stickshift trans) you need to remove it on level ground and fill through the hole you mentioned. It's full when fluid begins to run out of the hole on the side.
If you can't find the stick, likely you have one of GM's "better ideas"...See if there is a fill cap on top of the trans, If it's there, there is a plug on the right side of the transmission. Remove the plug and on flat ground, fill 'till fluid comes out of the fill hole, then re-install the plug. But, the condition you have outlined sounds like the trans control is stuck in "limp mode" and may need attention (trans diagnostics) to determine if your problem is in the trans or the control itself. Especially if you see no obvious leaks fluid may not be your problem.
This is complicated.... Ok, your right, no dip stick is there! This is how it works.
Underneath the car, there is a plug (11mm) on the transmission case on the passenger side. It is about 3" up from the pan edge and on the front side of the case. With the engine running in PARK, remove this plug. If trans fuild doesn't run out of the hole, the level is low. Pour it in the hole on top (where the red cap is) until the fluid runs out - all while the car is running. Once it is roughly dribbling out, the trans is considered full. replace plug. Your done!!
Easy ehh? Dexron III fluid