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1997 chevy cavalier Z24 2.4l autotrans. fluid level

How do I check the automatic transmission fluid level, there is no dipstick just a filler cap on top of trans?

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  • mreeves28xx Jan 11, 2009


    I have a 97 Chevy Z24 witha auto trans. When the engine is cold and I put the transmission in drive it feels like I am riding the clutch. It will move very slowly, but rev high rpm's. When the car is at normal temp everything shifts fine. Could anyone help me with this?

  • Anonymous Jan 27, 2009

    Yeah, gotta love engineers, LOL. I had the same issue on my 96 Z24...

  • Anonymous Apr 17, 2009

    same problem...but we could not find the filler plug...can you help...applebee258(the at sign mine won`t work)yahoo.ca....thanks if you can help

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  • Anonymous Mar 25, 2014

    the auto transmission oil shows the correct level on the dipstick, but shows no oil when running hot

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Hi losflip,
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.

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  • Adv_Diagnost Nov 23, 2008

    The engine must be runing when checking transmission fluid. Sorry for the missing "engine" in the post above. Also be very careful of any moving parts when accessing the plug.

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    clive langley Feb 21, 2013

    Thanks Mate, but are you shore the car should be in park with motor running, as i was told to check it in DRIVE mode after running threw all gears, and witch plug should the oil trickle from the alen check screw or the filler bolt hole

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    clive langley Feb 21, 2013

    Drive with motor running, obviously with handbreak on

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    clive langley Feb 21, 2013

    hello, are you shore about the P position and not D while checking? and where should it trickle from? check screw or filler bolt hole

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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

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    clive langley Feb 21, 2013

    Hi, that is most likely to be low trans oil level, but probably only a little low, as the oil heats up it expands witch would then work better or as normal, so just check your level and add if need too

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SOURCE: Chevy Cavalier '98 Transmission has no dipstick - check level ?

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

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SOURCE: I have a 1997 Chevy Cavalier. It doesn't have a

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

SOURCE: Have a 1997 2.2L Chevy Cavalier automatic. The

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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