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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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  • Anonymous Dec 07, 2008

    I think there is a check bolt you have to unscrew - looking for a diagram myself - dumbest design ever

  • abbott1man
    abbott1man Dec 11, 2008

    Thanks - your right about the 'safest bet' but due to cost, family, job loss - I really need to try to do this myself to avoid more burdens.

    If you have a diagram for where the check bolt is located on this specific engine - that would be helpful.

    Also, the type of trans fluid would be helpful.

    Would a service manual have this information?

  • abbott1man
    abbott1man Dec 14, 2008

    If you have a diagram for where the check bolt is located on this specific engine - that would be helpful.

    Also, the type of trans fluid would be helpful.

    I asked a a parts store - they said they didn't know because it is a sealed unit and the manufacturer wants you to bring it in to them (obviously so they can make some big $ off the visit).


  • Tammy-Lyn Brown
    Tammy-Lyn Brown Sep 20, 2014

    There is no dipstick. It's a "sight glass" on the underside of the transmission. Take into a transmission place to check your fluid and top it off. That is the one thing that I can't stand on these cars. They have to pull a bolt out, check the level, and then add the fluid from the top, under the hpop

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    Tammy-Lyn Brown Sep 20, 2014

    hood*.

  • Tammy-Lyn Brown
    Tammy-Lyn Brown Sep 20, 2014

    It\'s not a seal unit. Tell them to kiss your ass. Just use whatever tranny fluid goes with GM. When you go to pick up a litre, make sure to read the bottle carefully. Don\'t just go adding fluid, as well. Because if you put too much, you can create more damage than good.

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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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  • Ronnie Houston Dec 11, 2008

    they make the cavalier where you almost have to take it to a shop to have the fluid added.any auto parts store can tell you what brand transmissiopn fluid it takes to fill it but the red cap you found is where the fluid goes in and its ammost impossible to fill it yourself.you have to have one of those bendable funnels to get the fluid in. good luck

  • Ronnie Houston Dec 14, 2008

    there will be a red cap on the drivers side of the motor buried under the wiring harness, the only way to check it is to put the end of your little finger in it to see if you can feel any fluid,

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