Where exactly do I locate my transmission plug? I'm use to a dip stick
I just bought this 4Runner and I'm use to doing a routine fluid check, but there is no dip stick for the transmission fluid level. The previous owner did not have the owner's manual so I'm hoping that you could help.
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If it an automatic, the transmission fluid is poured down the transmission dip stick tube. If it is a manual transmission, there is an inspection plug on the side of the transmission. The fluid level is normally added to the top of the inspection plug hole.
Either way, you should get a repair manual from an autoparts store and read up the routine maintenance which will cover fluid checking.
There is no dip stick. There is a 7/16 check plug just under the passenger side axle.The transmission must be warm and the engine idling in park to check. This tough to do without a lift.Fluid will drip out of hole when full.
If you have an Automatic transmission. Lift the hood. Locate the Transmission dip stick. Start the engine and let the engine warm up some. then check the fliud level on the dip stick. On a Manual Transmission, locate the transmission under the vehicle and the fill plug (upper) and drain plug (lower) on the transmission. Remove the fill plug (upper) and see if fluid runs out. If no fluid runs out, add recommeded transission fluid until the fluid starts running out, the replace fill plug..
Access to the transmission dip stick is not easy. It is hidden deep under tube and wiring beneath the air intake tube near the battery, it has a yellow top labelled 'Trans' and has a clip that secures the top in place. Check the fluid level when the engine is running and the transmission is in 'park'. If low find some suitable hose to locate it into the dip stick tube and then fit a funnel in the end of this 'extension'. The fluid specified is AW5, Volvo part number 1161540-8, do not use anything else as some fluids do not mix well. Add fluid about a pint a time and check the level each time.
There is no dipstick on the 01 Catera or any Catera for that matter (97 to 01) also same transmission used on 3 series BMWs.
I have 2 - 2001 Cateras....no....dip...stick.
It's a sealed transmission. There are fluid drain plugs, one at side of the tranny and one at the bottom. Jack the car up from the front on a level surface. Place a hose to a funnel and remove the top filler access plug (the side one). Insert the hose here and fill the funnel until fluid leaks out the side hole (make sure you have a catch pan). Then drop the car and let the excess fluid level out from the fill hole. Raise the car again and wipe away the excess fluid and re-install the filler plug.
GM as well as other car manufactures decided we...as vehicle owners....no longer need to check the trans fluid, so they decided on making transmissions as a sealed unit, which no longer requires a dip stick. I know what your about to say, and I agree.
WHICH DIP STICK OIL DIP STICK FRONT OF ENGINE BELOW FRONT VALVE COVER.THE TRANSMISSION DONT HAVE A DIP STICK IT HAS A VENT FILLER CAP.THE GARAGE HAS TO PUT CAR ON A LIFT TO CHECK TRANSMISSION FLUID BY REMOVING A CHECK PLUG.IF TOO FLUID COMES OUT PLUG HOLE TOO MUCH FLUID IN TRANSMISSION IF NO FLUID COMES OUT NEED TO ADD SOME.IF A SMALL SLOW DRIP COME OUT TRANSMISSION FLUID LEVEL IS OKAY.SEE THE GARAGE HAS TO RAISE VECHICLE UP WHILE RUNNING IT HAS TO BE LEVEL THEY REMOVE THE CHECK PLUG TO SEE HOW MUCH FLUID IN TRANSMISSION.ITS DANGEROUS TO DO IT YOUR SELF.