The Vue I have does not come with a transmission fluid dip stick. The manual says that the vehicle has to be brought in to a shop to have the fluid checked. How do you check the fluid in this thing. I am live some ways from a shop (hour) and the idea that I cannot check the fluid myself seems like planned obsolencence to me.
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Re: 2006 Saturn Vue Transmission Fluid Check
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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).
This solution is helpful and correct, but misses some info for the 2006 Vue with Honda 3.5 V6. The problems on that model are that the "fill plug" is connected to a vent hose and that the "check plug" is invisible. The trick is to remove the left front wheel and pop off the black access cover. Both the check plug and the drain plug, which are both on the left side of the trans facing left, are visible and easily accessible.
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on any vehicle with an automatic transmission, there are two dip sticks. One to measure oil level, and the other transmission fluid level( typically labled 'check with engine running in park'). To add transmission fluid requires a funnel to introduce fluid via the dip-stick tube.
If you have a manual transmission, then you don't need transmission fluid, you need gear oil, which can be measured at the transmission and added at the same port.
Coolant--Check the radiator coolant level in the reservoir.
Battery-- Visually check battery cables and connections.
Automatic transmission--Check the fluid level.
Master cylinder--Check the fluid level.
Power Steering--Check the fluid level.
Windshield washer--Check the fluid level.
Belts & hoses--Visually check all belts and hoses for wear.
NOTE: In addition to the items listed above there are cases with some manufacturer's where odd components such as manual transmission/transaxles and front differentials many be equipped with a dipstick found underhood for fluid level check. If you are unsure of a dipstick on your vehicle, check with the owners manual.
I think your transmission is a 4T45E which does not have a typical dipstick. Check underneath the vehicle on the transmission case above the oil pan on the passenger side of the vehicle and you will see a pipe thread plug. The transmission must be at operating temperature on a level surface and the engine running, you then remove the plug and add new fluid in the fill hole until it runs out the removed plug. You will obviously need a catch basin and do not re-insert plug until fluid has stopped overflowing. Do not turn off the engine during the process.