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You need a special tools to change / add tranny fluid. There is no dipstick.

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There is no dipstick on the Malibu transmission. To correctly check fluid level, you must locate the filler cap and the drain plug on the transmission. The filler cap is a red cap located on the drivers side of the transmission between the air filter box and exhaust crossover pipe, almost under the crossover pipe. The drain plug is located on the passengers side of the transmission, just behind where the axle connects to the transmission. It has an 11mm head and can be seen if you lay in front of the passengers front tire, look about 3 inches above the transmission pan. Once you have located these, warm the transmission to normal operating temperature, and with the car running, transmission in park, and the car sitting level, slowley remove the drain plug, have a drain pan under the plug in case any fluid comes out. There should be very little fluid coming out, if there is none coming out re-install the plug, remove the filler cap and put 1/2 quart of fluid in, now run the transmission thru all the gears and back to park. Put the drain pan under the plug and remove the plug, if it is overfull, let it drain until it stops, if it still doesn't have fluid coming out, add 1/2 quart at a time until it does, following the above procedure. Make sure you let any excess fluid drain out and re-install the plug. As noted above, make sure the car is running while checking the fluid. I know it seems complicated but it isn't as bad as it sounds. This same procedure applies to all Chevy Malibus from about 1997 until 2004 if I'm not mistaken.

Apr 04, 2012 | 2003 Chevrolet Malibu

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I need to change transmission filter and fluid on my 2004 chevy impala and being single and all and female I'm not up to car care that great. Where is the trans filter located. Trying to do my s


The transmission filter is under the car under the transmission fluid pan. you have to lift up your car loosen the volts, take of the pan, take of the filter put in the new one, put the new one on, put the transmission fluid pan in place, put the bolts and tighten them, lower the car and put however much transmission fluid your car takes. Hope the best of luck for ya.

Mar 03, 2012 | Cars & Trucks

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I have a 2005 equinox and had to replace the radiator. Some Transmission fluid leaked out and I would like to "top off" the fluid. Do I have to remove the battery casing to get acces to the top...


No, you add fluid in the same hole the check stick is located. Remove teh dip stick and put funnel in teh hole and add fluid in the same location. if that is a manual transmission you will ahve to locate teh check hole on the side of the transmission, normally passenger side or rear of teh transmission and add fluid at that location. Since the lines connected to your radiator I assume you have an automatic since manual transmissions normally do not.

Jun 18, 2011 | 2005 Chevrolet Equinox

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Yes i have a 2002 malibu but cant find the transmission dipstick where did the hide it plz help


There is no dipstick on the Malibu transmission. To correctly check fluid level, you must locate the filler cap and the check plug on the transmission. The filler cap is a red cap located on the drivers side of the transmission between the air filter box and exhaust crossover pipe, almost under the crossover pipe. The check plug is located on the passengers side of the transmission, just behind where the axle connects to the transmission. It has an 11mm head and can be seen if you lay in front of the passengers front tire, look about 3 inches above the transmission pan. Once you have located these, warm the transmission to normal operating temperature, and with the car running, transmission in park, and the car sitting level, slowley remove the check plug, have a drain pan under the plug in case any fluid comes out. There should be very little fluid coming out, if there is none coming out re-install the plug, remove the filler cap and put 1/2 quart of fluid in, now run the transmission thru all the gears and back to park. Put the drain pan under the plug and remove the plug, if it is overfull, let it drain until it stops, if it still doesn't have fluid coming out, add 1/2 quart at a time until it does, following the above procedure. Make sure you let any excess fluid drain out and re-install the plug. As noted above, make sure the car is running while checking the fluid. I know it seems complicated but it isn't as bad as it sounds. This same procedure applies to all Chevy Malibus from about 1997 until 2004 if I'm not mistaken. thanks to carjunkie

Jun 02, 2011 | 2002 Chevrolet Malibu

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When slowing down for a stop sign or stop light, the transmission downshifts with a clunk. The trans was professionally rebuilt three weeks ago. It seems to be the dirty? solenoid pack?


MIGHT need a new engine-to-transmission mount. or maybe the wrong fluid was put it. transmissions are very sensitive to what fluid it has. some transmission shops use generic brand fluid while a transmission needs specific fluid. find out if they used the proper fluid. if they didnt put the right one, get it flushed and put the right fluid in.
get it checked by your mechanic to be sure.

Dec 05, 2010 | 1997 Dodge Caravan

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Where do you put transmission fluid in on a Mercury Mystique 5 speed V-6?


The fluid on a manual transmission is normally put in a fill hole on the transmission housing. CAUTION: be sure you locate the correct fluid for the vehicle most manual transmission vehicles do not take standard trans fluid.

Sep 12, 2010 | 1995 Mercury Mystique

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Car makes a loud noise and jerks when I try to put it in a gear.


we might need to know if this is the car's 1st transmission and how many miles are on it --- but tansmissions that make noise and **** when put into gear are transmissions that are low on transmission fluid or have burnt (old) fluid - check your transmission fluid level using the transmission fluid dipstick (its location should be in the car's owners' manual).
If fluid looks dark (significantly darker than new fluid from the bottle), then drain &fill tranny.
If fluid is just low, fill tranny and monitor level for continued leakage.
A word of caution: keep on top of the tranny's fluid level - running on a dry transmission is a really good way to put a 94 Cutlass into the junkyard before its time.

Sep 07, 2010 | 1994 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme

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I have a 1998 jetta, do I need to put transmission fluid in?.


they are sealed trani and yes if your trani slip you need to add trani oil that u get from the dealer only and ask for breakable seal with oil

Jan 12, 2010 | 1998 Volkswagen Jetta

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Cannot locate where to put transmission fluid


Look for the yellow dip stick WAY in the back by the firewall. Might be back there. Manufacturers sure like to hide those things. Hope this helps.

May 21, 2009 | 2002 Acura MDX

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