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Re: leaking transmission know were to ckeck
This is the procedure for check the fluid level if you have a automatic transmission, I hope this helps.
Be sure that transmission fluid temperature is at least 104° F (40° C). Models with 2.2L engine: To access check/fill plug: In the engine compartment, remove clamp from air hose behind cooling fan. Separate air tube from the hose and push the tube back towards the transaxle. Remove the clip holding the two power steering lines together. All Models: From underneath vehicle remove the transaxle check/fill plug with engine running. Fluid level should be even with hole. Add fluid as needed until fluid flows from hole. Replace check/fill plug and torque to 9 ft. lbs. (12 Nm).
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What you're describing is hard shift-shock. Its a symptom of old transmission fluid, or a transmission fluid leak, causing an empty transmission. Don't drive your car til you check the transmission fluid level, and change it if it's dark-looking.
It depends on which tranny you have. You either have an MP6, an MP7 or a 4T40E.
The MP6 and MP7 were used on the 1.9L engine.
The 4T40E was used on the 2.2L and the 3.0L
If it's being drained and refilled, the MP6/MP7 holds 4.2 quarts.
The 4T40E holds 7 quarts.
If it's been rebuilt and it's COMPLETELY empty (including torque converter) they hold:
MP6/MP7 = 7.4 quarts
4T40E = 12.9 quarts
If you're just trying to check the level and don't know how much to add, the procedure is to remove the drail plug. The fluid should be level with the bottom of the plug. If no fluid drips out, add fluid until it starts to slowly run out of the drain hole, the tightent the drain hole plug before any more runs out. The fluid will now be at the bottom of the drain hole plug. Keep in mind, this must be done when the transmission is up to at least 104 degrees. Things under there are HOT, so be careful.
YOUR TRANSMISSION DONT HAVE A DIP STICK THE GARAGE HAS TO RAISE CAR LEVEL ON A LIFT THEY HAVE TO REMOVE A PLUG ON TRANSMISSION WHILE CAR IS RUNNING.WHEN PLUG IS REMOVED IF NO FLUID DONT COME OUT.YOU NEED TO ADD MORE TRANSMISSION FLUID.IF LITTLE DRIP YOU OKAY.TOO MUCH COME OUT YOU ARE OVER FILL.THESE TRANSMISSION ONLY TIME YOU CHECK FLUID IF YOU HAVE SHIFTING PROBLEMS OR TRANSMISSION LEAKS.
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.
the dipstick is located behind the front transmission mount and its held in by a 12mm bolt. you may need to remove the transmission mount to check the fluid. the color of the dipstick is yellow, make sure the car is in park and fully warmed up to operating temerature and on a level surface before checking the fluid.