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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Hi, follow the detailed instruction below on how to check the Transmission fluid on your Chevy Cavalier 2001.
Turn the Cavalier on and put it in neutral. Make sure your hand brake is engaged to keep the car from moving while you work on it. Open your car's hood so that you have access to the engine.
Look for your Cavalier's transmission dipstick. It should stick out from the body of the engine, and be clearly labelled as "transmission fluid." Refer to your Cavalier's owner's manual for a diagram of engine parts if you have trouble locating the dipstick.
Pull the dipstick out and clean it off with a rag. Reinsert the dipstick and pull it out again. Check the end of the dipstick for your reading; the transmission level will be measured on the dipstick by labels like "low," "medium" and "high." If your dipstick has no fluid on it, it means that your Cavalier is almost out of transmission fluid and needs more. A low reading also indicates a need to add more fluid. If the fluid is low, add a bottle of transmission fluid, available for purchase at auto supply shops. Add fluid and repeat this process until your dipstick shows a reading of "high" or "full."
DONT HAVE ONE WHERE DIP STICK USE TO BE IS A RED VENT FILL CAP THATS WHERE YOU POUR TRANSMISSION FLUID. BUT THE TRANSMISSION WAS MADE FOR DEALERSHIP TO CHECK.THEY HAVE TO RAISE VECHICLE LEVEL AND ON THE TRANSAXLE HOUSING THERE IS A CHECK PLUG ITS LOCATION ITS ABOVE THE OIL PAN DRAIN PLUG.WITH VECHICLE RUNNING UP IN AIR LEVEL ON THE LIFT.THE CHECK PLUG IS REMOVED IF NO FLUID COMES OUT CHECK PLUG HOLE ADD PINT DONT OVERFILL.IF FLUID POUR TOO MUCH FLUID IN TRANSMISSION IF SLOW DRIP FLUID LEVEL CORRECT.
Vehicle running in Park. A plug has to be removed from the case - front edge of trans case, passenger side, about two inches up from pan rail. If oil trickles out of hole, it is fine. If not, add fluid up on top through the hole (red cap) until it runs out below. Then replace plug before you shut off the vehicle.
Strange I know..... you should see the 02 and up Explorers!! Hate em
The dipstick on late model GM products is sealed with a Big Red Cap. It is near the firewall in the middle of the car. There are many reasons why the transmission will not shift into drive but the most common is the fluid filter inside the transmission. The owners manual says the fluid is supposed to be changed several times during the life of the car. If it were mine I would get it to a transmission shop soon.
you are wrong darcblod,in a 98 model chev.cav.the 2.2 engine is an automatic that was not made with a dipstick.it has instead a "check valve" there is a plug on the side ..remove it and pour your tranny fluid into the "fill" hole until the fluid just barely runs out of the "plug hole" ,replace both the fill cap and check valve plug and you'll be fine...it is important that your car is level and at operating temp......fyi some of the newer fords are like that too.
There is no dipstick for the newer model Automatic transmission Cavaliers. There is only a red fill cap on the driver’s side on top of the transmission. The only way to check it is to jack up the car, making sure it level with a jackstand on each side of the car, and remove a small plug from the side of the transmission, underneath the car. It will be small and in an American size. It is either a 3/8" or a 7/16" size plug. Once it is removed, fluid will drain out if it is overfilled. Once there is no more fluid coming out, it is at it's proper level. If there is none coming out, then add more until it comes out and levels off. It has a capacity of about 11 quarts for the 4 speed models. The 3 speed models have about 7 quarts. The dipstick for the 5 speed manual transmission is located on the back side of the engine. It will have either a white or yellow handle. It holds about 2 quarts of syncro-mesh transmission fluid. It is important that this fluid is used for the manual or problems will occur.
Some models do not have a dipstick. There is a plug in the back of the tranny that you pull. with the vehicle running in park and the fluid warm, the fluid should be level with the hole. It will drain out if there is to much. The fill is ontop, there is a red plug that is hand screwed in.
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.
Ok, This trans doen't have a dipstick. The fill cap IS the red cap at the top of the trans. But to check oil level, a pipe plug needs to be removed from the trans case - under the passenger axle. Vehicle must be running in park and level. When the oil runs out of the hole it is full. If not add until it does.
on a cavalier there is no dipstick. there is a check plug. under your hood stand at the drivers side front. look doen you will see the transmission from there you will have to move a coupl of wires out of your way just by holding themout of the way. you should see a red cap on the top of the transmission.