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Re: location of the oil dipstick on 2002 chevy s-10
My manual shows the location as being toward the back on the left side of the engine (as you're sitting in the driver's seat), but my 2001 Blazer's is on the opposite side in the same place. You should be able to get a free copy of your owner's manual here.
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Some cars don't have a transmission oil dipstick. You are just supposed to replace the transmission fluid at how many miles the manual tells you.Check the manual to see when the transmission fluid needs to be replaced.
first read your owners manual so you know exactly what type of transmission fluid and how to read the dipstick. Make sure you know the difference between the oil dipstick and the transmission dipstick. Buy a long narrow funnel at the parts store where you buy the fluid. It will have to fit into the transmission dipstick tube. Add fluid through the transmission dipstick tube. This is not something that must be done often, unless you have a serious leak somewhere. You are at 10 years, if your tranny is slipping, be prepared to get it rebuilt.
The dipstick can be pulled out of the block with a pair of vicegrips and the new one driven down into the block. Before trying to pull the dipstick tube out make sure it is not held onto the block with a small bolt.
As long as it's within the XXXX's on the dipstick, your car is fine! If it drops below the XXXX's, then add some oil. The XXXX's on the dipstick represent 1 quart of oil. You want to keep it in the XXXX's range on the dipstick. Also, check your oil when the car is parked on an even surface and the engine has not been running for at least 10 minutes. This is to make sure the oil has dripped from the engine back down into the oil pan, where it is being measured, and that the oil is even in the oil pan.
You probably have a canister filter which is located under the hood. You have to screw off the top of a canister and the oil filter looks like a small cylinder-like paper filter. Did you check your owners manual?