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Checking the transmission fluid

How do u check the transmission fluid in a 2003 olds alero?

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I dont believe that car has a trans dip stick there is a bolt underneath that you remove while engine is running if you see trans fluid flowing it is full not sure how to explain exactly where it is if you have not done it I dont recomend trying

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Nicer try #1 and #3 but there is no dipstick or standard fill port on these. #2 is right on, Have it looked at by dealer or take your chances with Joe's Garage.

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Check when car is warm running and in neutral.the dipstick should be located on transmission.some newer cars dont have it.

Posted on Jun 29, 2009

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Oil should be checked hot. Drive the vehicle a couple of miles to warm the transmission fluid. With the vehicle on level ground and engine idling in "park" remove the transmission dip stick, wipe it dry, re-insert & remove again it to read fluid level. The dipstick will have proper level range engraved on it. Keep in mind that if the level is at or below the "add" mark then you should add a pint, not a quart. After adding the proper type transmission fluid, wipe the dipstick & read again to verify result.

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Posted on Jun 29, 2009

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SOURCE: how do you check a 2004 alero transmission fluid

2004 Aleros with auto trans DO NOT have a dipstick under the hood. They do have a filler cap, located on the driver side, look straight down under the edge of the exhaust crossover, black cap with a gear on it. According to the Manuf. the AUTOMATIC Transmission (should not need to be checked unless there is a leak) has a plug in the side just like the manual transmission. You remove the plug in the side and fill thru the top until fluid runs out the side hole. Replace the plug and the fill cap when done.

Posted on Dec 07, 2009

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SOURCE: Low Transmission Fluid in 2003 Oldsmobile Alero

  • This care does not have a dipstick but can easily be checked at home.

  1. 1. Warm the car up to running temperature.
  2. 2. Park it on a level surface.
  3. 3. Leave the car running and set the emergency /parking brake. Also set bricks in front and behind the wheels.
  4. 4. Look on the passenger side of the transmission (underneath the car)
  5. 5. You will see a 10mm bolt a little bit inward from the right axle on the transmission itself.
  6. 6. Have a drain pan ready and pull that bolt.
  7. 7. If fluid comes out it is full.
  8. 8. If no fluid comes out then add ATF III in the fill port on top of the transmission until the fluid just barely seeps out of that hole you removed the bolt from.
  9. 9. This port is on top of the transmission (under the hood) and is usually red or black in color.
  10. 10. The transmission is now full and ready to go.
  • Hope this helps.

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  • This care does not have a dipstick but can easily be checked at home.

  1. 1. Warm the car up to running temperature.
  2. 2. Park it on a level surface.
  3. 3. Leave the car running and set the emergency /parking brake. Also set bricks in front and behind the wheels.
  4. 4. Look on the passenger side of the transmission (underneath the car)
  5. 5. You will see a 10mm bolt a little bit inward from the right axle on the transmission itself.
  6. 6. Have a drain pan ready and pull that bolt.
  7. 7. If fluid comes out it is full.
  8. 8. If no fluid comes out then add ATF III in the fill port on top of the transmission until the fluid just barely seeps out of that hole you removed the bolt from.
  9. 9. This port is on top of the transmission (under the hood) and is usually red or black in color.
  10. 10. The transmission is now full and ready to go.
  • Hope this helps.

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The transmission fluid should be bright red like strawberry in colour, if it's dark like burgundy then it's time to change the transmission oil and filter. The hard down shifting could be a servo that is sticking caused by dirt in the fluid, have a Transmission shop service the transmission and scan the car's ECM for any codes that may be causing your shifting problem.
Good luck and hope this helps.

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