Chevy Cavalier '98 Transmission has no dipstick - check level ?
This transmission only has a red cap and no dipstick. What is the proper way to check this car's transmission fluid level? I just replaced a bad right side half shaft and need to make sure there is enough trans fluid to keep it going. On a level surface, with a cold trans, there is no fluid on a stick 4'' into the trans fill hole (where the red cap is screwed onto the top of the trans on driver's side of engine). It is difficult to get to this trans cap.
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Hello: Car should be on lift, on passenger side (under car) the housing has a 10mm plug on the bottom of case, remove plug, fluid should be at , level with bottom of hole for proper amount. engine should be running and transmission in park.
To check the transmission fluid level in your car you have to raise the vehicle up and take out the transmission fluid check plug in the transmission. It is locate just below and forward (Towards the front of the car) of where the right axle goes into the transmission housing. To fill it take the plug out then remove the red cap located on the upper side of the transmission housing. You will need a long funnel to add the fluid. Add fluid until it can be seen dripping out of the check plug under the car. Then replace the cap and reinstall the plug. (There is no dipstick on your car)
This model doesn't have a trans dipstick. To check trans fluid level there is a plug on the right side/passenger side above the transmission pan about 2 to 3 inches.The plug has an 11 or 12 mm head on it. Remove this plug while vehicle is running and at operating temperature if fluid comes out of the where the plug was then the level is adequate. To add transmission fluid there is a red or black plastic cap on top of the transmission on the driver side.You will need a transmission funnel to add to it if fluid is need.
02/'03 L200/L300's don't have
transmission dipsticks most likely reflecting Saturn's confidence of a
leak-free transmission, leaving only a red fill cap on the
transmission. The actual method for checking transmission level is a
very abnormal method; parking on a level surface, removing the
transmission oil level bolt/cap from the transmission, observing
whether or not fluid flows out. Excess fluid will flow out
automatically establishing the proper level and amount of transmission
fluid. Less would mean topping off by pouring some into the top access
fill hole and observing if fluid flows out the leveled drain hole until
fluid flows out. This would indicate proper levels and replacing the
top and access plug is all that's necessary. Messy as compared to the
old method. The access bolt will be sized differently from the other
bolts holding the transmission sump on. I would assume your '01 L200 is
the same. Use regular Dexron ATF red transmission fluid.
GM went to sealed transmissions. That car doesn't have a transmission dipstick.
There's a fill bolt that needs to be removed from the transmission while the car is on a level surface. If transmission fluid comes out, then you're at the proper level. Otherwise fill until fluid starts to come out. (Similar to what would be done on a manual transmission)
Look at the top of the transmission for a little red cap(like the oil fill cap) this is where you add fluid. If you want to check fluid condition, you need to remove cap and stick something in there and smear the fluid on a piece of paper to see color.
If it's a transverse engine(meaning sideways), your transmission cap should be located right on top of the transmission(should be red in color). If i'm not mistaken, these vehicles have a sealed transmission, which means that they have the cap to put the fluid in, but no dipstick on it. That's how they get you to take it to the dealer. Unless you have a car lift to remove the fluid level plug under the transmission it's going to be pretty hard to determine if it needs more fluid or not.
There is a red fill cap on the transmission bell housing under the brake master cylinder. You'll have to look real hard to see it. There is also a bolt on the passenger side of the transmission that you remove to check the level.
You have to fill the oil from the fill cap until it runs out of the bolt hole. Don't ask me why GM did this on a lot of their cars...
I found this after a little research, I don't own any GM products so it came as a surprise to me.
Does the car have a transmission dipstick? Look on the passenger side of the engine compartment towards the firewall to find the dipstick tube. If it has a dipstick there will be a square top on it with a locking mechanism. Run car to normal operating temerature, unlock the dipstick pull it out wipe it off push it back in and pull it back out then look to see if the fluid is between the marks. If not just add fluid through the tube.
If you don't have a dipstick there will be a smaller cap with red plastic lock on it. You will have to break the red lock to get the cap off. There is a special tool from Mercedes to check the level on these non dipstick units. If you think it is low then add 1 quart and road test for proper operation and shifting.