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Transmission fluid level?

I have a 2005 Malibu Maxx w/automatic trans. There's no dip stick to tell how much fluid is in it. How do you know if it needs more fluid?

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  • notreallyme Nov 29, 2008

    Same for me, but i have an 05 Malibu sedan. I checked the owners manual and can't find anything about the tranny fluid...only transaxel, which I assume is the axel housing itself. I'm not a huge car guy, but I'm pretty most vehicles have a resuvior for tranny fuid in the engine compartment. I have an additive I want to pour in like the label says I should be able to, but I can't find the resuvior!! If this is another GM wonder where I have to take 1/2 the engine apart to get to it, I'm gonna be pissed!!

  • smokem_2000 May 04, 2009

    I have the same prob...the book says take it to dealer to diagnose and whatever cuz its a sealed system..I dont think I need to spend $50-$100 just to fill my tranny fluid when I know it needs it.

    I figured I could come on here and see if anyone has found a solution to the "sealed system" problem....

  • smokem_2000 May 11, 2010

    Regarding the plug answer...if its not runnin out under those that where I should attempt to fill it myself?

  • Anonymous Mar 15, 2014

    didnt make any noise slip just acted like i put it in neutral

  • Anonymous Apr 01, 2014

    My son is loosing a 1/2 quart of fluid in less than a minute even after changing the trans dip stick tube seal.



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There is a 11mm plug on the passenger side of the trans near the axle shaft. Remove that with the car level, trans hot, and engine idling. Fluid should just come out of there when its full.

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  • jonodavidson Jul 29, 2011

    Transmissions are made for rear wheel drive drive vehicles and require a drive shaft and differential to transfer power from the engine to the wheels. Transaxles are made for front wheel drive vehicles and transfer power from the engine to the wheels through the axle shafts.



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