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Check automatic transmission fluid 2001 pontiac sunfire

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  • skeetbell01 May 26, 2009

    Solution #1 Fixed my problem.

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    THIS IS A SEALED TRANS, THE DEALER MUST CHECK FLUID LEVEL, A SCANNER IS USED AS PART OF THE PROCESS.

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You need to raise the vehicle and start it. Remove the plug near where the passenger side driveshaft comes out. The head of the plug is 7/16. Trans fluid will stream out of the hole when the engine is running when the transmission is full, If fluid doesn't run out, fill the trans until fluid runs out. The fill cap is red and it is on top under and around the air cleaner box. If you need more help let me know.

Posted on May 26, 2009

  • Clint Smock
    Clint Smock May 27, 2009

    Your welcome. Wasn't it a real good idea that General Motors came up with. How much does elimination of the dipstick really save. It sure is a pain.

  • Laurie Behnen
    Laurie Behnen Aug 18, 2014

    i wont be able to do what you suggested.i dont have eqptmet to do that/so im stuck

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Thank you for your help. Raised the vehicle started it. Removed the plug on passenger side of driveshaft where it joins the transmission. The head of this plug is 7/16 inch. Fluid Streamed out showing it was full.
This was sent to me by E-Mail from FixYa.

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Thank you for your help. Raised the vehicle started it. Removed the plug on passenger side of driveshaft where it joins the transmission. The head of this plug is 7/16 inch. Fluid Streamed out showing it was full.
This was sent to me by E-Mail from FixYa.

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Replace and tighten the plug.
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