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I need to add an additive to the automatic transmission. I cannot see the dipstick. Someone said there may not be one - transmission may be sealed. I'd rather not change all the fluid.

I hear there may not be a dipstick for the 1998 automatic transmission in a 1998 Malibu. If the Transmission is sealed, is there a way to add an additive without changing all the fluid? Thx maclif@hotmail.com

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  • Anonymous Mar 29, 2014

    Transmission seal replacement?

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There has to be a dipstick somewhere on that transmission

Posted on Apr 17, 2009

  • Jeff Adkisson
    Jeff Adkisson Apr 17, 2009

    Actually your car has no transmission dipstick...



    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...

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