Question about 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier
How do I check the automatic transmission fluid level, there is no dipstick just a filler cap on top of trans?
There is a plug located where the right side axle shaft enters the transmission it is above the pan. To check the fluid level of the transmission the engine must be at operating temp and the vehicle must be level. The must be running and the transmission in park, the plug is then removed and if transmission fluid starts dripping/leaking out it is full. If not transmission fluid should be added till fluid starts leaking from the plug hole, then just reinsert the plug and tighten. Generally this is done with the vehicle on a lift in order to access the plug, you might be able to do this if you have enough room to access the plug remember the vehicle must be level.
Posted on Nov 23, 2008
Hey mreeves28xx... i had this exact same problem, only happened once though, in reverse and drive... once my car was warmer, it was fine... except this only happened one time only, in the cold. even now in the cold it has never done it again... i would also like to know what it was if anyone knows
Posted on Jan 25, 2010
take it to a shop and have them top it up so you can be sure you have the fluid you need to keep the car going as it should,,,,thats your safest bet
Posted on Dec 06, 2008
There's a fill plug on the right side of the unit that works just like the ones on stickshift transmission...fill on level ground 'till fluid just spills from plug opening.
Posted on Jul 08, 2009
Does it feel like the shifter cable is actually moving the detent in the transmission? I've seen a broken shifter cable in a cavalier a while back with the same symptoms you described. Check the cable where it connects to the transmission. It's under the hood on the drivers side.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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