Manual transmission, but a short red tipped dipstick,looks like tranny fluid?
I have a 98 saturn sl and while i was about to drive back from vacation i checked the fluids to my surprise i found a little dipstick with a red tip and when i pulled it out it looked like transmission fluid(red) usually u only have tranny fluid with an automatic. it said i was a pint low but not sure what this is as i bought it after market and dont have the manual. i cant seem to find a place to pour anything either except where that dipstick is..any knowledge out there?
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I have a 1998 saturn with a manual transmission and it took me quite some time to locate the dip stick. it is located on top of the gearbox close to the brake resevoir where the linkeage connects. it has a red plastic clip on top of the dip stick and submerges verticaly into the gearbox and is about six inches long. the red clip can easliy be hidden with black dirt and not seen. do not confuse this with the clutch reservoir fluid located to the right of the brake master cylnder. good luck.
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Where was this dipstick? Was it on the transmission? Some manual transmissions use automatic tranny fluid. If this dipstick was on the transmission it probally is the tranny dipstick. If you're still not sure just stop by your local garage or phone your dealer and ask.
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If automatic there will be a dipstick tube right under where the air box is. It will have a red handle on the dipstick. Fluid should be checked with the engine up to temp, the trans in neutral, and the vehicle on a level surface. fluid can be added through the dipstick tube.
If it has a tranny dipstick it would be on the side of the motor. Should have a red handle. Not many of these models have a tranny dipstick. Most you have to lift the car and pull the upper filler plug from the tranny with a 1/2" drive ratchet wrench. Then you can stick your finger in the hole and see if the tranny fluid is equal to the hole. You should be able to stick your finger in the filler hole and feel the fluid. If not, filler her up so the fluid level is just below the filler hole.
The Transmission has a check plug and a fill cap. The check plug is located just under the passenger side axle and has a 11 mm head on it. The fill cap is on top of the transmission just underneath the air cleaner box. the transmission must be ideling in park and be warm to the touch , not hot or cold. Fluid should drip from check plug when full.
The Saturn TAAT takes 6.5 quarts when empty and roughly 4.5-5.5 quarts when doing a drain and refill.
The proper way to check the fluid is to take the car on the highway for about 15 miles of highway driving. This will get the transmission up to operating temperature. Idling will do no good for fluid that is just being circulated and needs to get warm.
Then return to your driveway and place the vehicle in park and keep it running. Pop the hood and look for the red dipstick just left of your battery. That is the transmission dipstick. Pull it out and clean it off then quickly put it back in completely and take it back out (do this somewhat rapidly). Get a reading and repeat to get accurate results.
There is no "check plug hole" that diagram is not correct and the 99 S-series does not look like that. There is no "fill cap" all ATF is entered through the dipstick via a funnel.
Next check your shifter cable where it attaches to the top of the transmission. If you look behind your behind directly down towards the ground you can see a half disc shaped black plastic piece. This is the range sensor. This is where the cable attaches to the transmission. If it is loose or incorrectly calibrated to the proper gear then the transmission will not correspond to the correct gear on the shifter inside the car.
The Saturn L series automatic transmissions do not have a dipstick.
They are the "new breed" of transmissions that are SUPPOSED to be
trouble free. There is a plug on the passenger side of the transmission
by the drive axle It is 11mm bolt. start the vehicle in park on a level
surface or hoist...at operating temp pull out the plug Fluid should
just trickle out of the plug hole If no fluid comes out add fluid to
trans until it does...Where do you add??? Red plug on top/center of
trans. Plastic plugthat threads in Add fluid there....Good luck
This is the automotive equivalent of a ***-change operation. In short, dont do it...
The problem you have is not if the tranny will fit (which it won't as a direct bolt-in replacement), the problem is in everything else that needs to be moded. Your engines computer is not programed to recognize or work with a manual tranny. You would need to modify the console to accept a manual shifter, install a clutch and clutch pedal assembly, plumb the needed fluid systems, and replace the entire wiring harness in the engine bay. In short, if you are asking - this won't go well and even if it did work, the car would not be reliable. By the time you spend everything involved in this project, it would be much cheaper to buy a 95 or 98 Saturn with the transmission that you prefer.
The dipstick is behind the battery, below the master brake cylinder and is not the clutch reservoir. It has a red flip top handle instead of a ring like most dipsticks. It was hard for me to find due to engine grease. I had the same problem and was able to see that I was low on fluid (only a little) and adding fluid helped the problem. Questions? kurt1431 at comcast dot net.
this vehicle has no dipstick, supposed to be maintained by professional only. there is the fill cap on the drivers side, between the fuse box and engine. it is red and more towards the bottom. i imagine you can atleast see the fluid status.