I have a 1997 chevrolet cavalier ls model i found the transmisssion filler cap and took it off there was no stick on it to tell me if it was full or not i did not see any fluid in the hole some one told me some times they have a glass reader on the side of the transmission is this the case or do you fill til you see the fluid in the in the filler hole thanks for any help
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Re: checking transmission fluid level
The cavalier transmission has a level check plug , its between the bell housing and the axel tube on the torque converter side of the transmission , has to be done from under the car , by removing the check plug if fluid comes out its full if no fluid comes out add fluid accordingly . the cap you did find is the fill point only .
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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.
WHICH DIP STICK OIL DIP STICK FRONT OF ENGINE BELOW FRONT VALVE COVER.THE TRANSMISSION DONT HAVE A DIP STICK IT HAS A VENT FILLER CAP.THE GARAGE HAS TO PUT CAR ON A LIFT TO CHECK TRANSMISSION FLUID BY REMOVING A CHECK PLUG.IF TOO FLUID COMES OUT PLUG HOLE TOO MUCH FLUID IN TRANSMISSION IF NO FLUID COMES OUT NEED TO ADD SOME.IF A SMALL SLOW DRIP COME OUT TRANSMISSION FLUID LEVEL IS OKAY.SEE THE GARAGE HAS TO RAISE VECHICLE UP WHILE RUNNING IT HAS TO BE LEVEL THEY REMOVE THE CHECK PLUG TO SEE HOW MUCH FLUID IN TRANSMISSION.ITS DANGEROUS TO DO IT YOUR SELF.
Your Catera has a sealed for life transmission so therefore on one of these models there is no dipstick and you cannot check the fluid level yourself. The dealer can check the level but that is only necessary if you have a leak.
Use a premium grade oil and a quality filter such as AC/Delco, Wix, Purolator, or Bosch. The correct weight oil is listed in your owner's manual and possibly on the oil fill cap or dipstick.
Transmission cap? To add fluid? If that is what you mean, there is no cap and filler tube. You use an automatic transmission fluid funnel (long and thin) and refill the fluid through the transmission's dipstick tube. Pour the fluid in slowly and check level often to avoid overfilling. Use the correct ATF specified by GM and DO NOT overfill your transmission. I hope this helps.
Here how to do it: If you see no signs of leaking from the transmission then the level is probably not low, take it to a transmission shop, transmission repair on this car is not for the DYI.
Ensure that the transaxle case temperature is 70° to 90° F (21° to 32° C). With the engine running, shift transmission through all gears. With engine idling in PARK, remove the check plug from the transmission. If transmission has been overfilled, allow fluid to drain out. If no fluid drains out, add fluid through the TRANS FLUID fill cap under the hood on the driver side in 1 pint (0.5 liter) increments until it slightly flows from the check plug. Reinstall the check plug.
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.
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.