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How can I check my transmission fluid on my 1999 chevorlet Malibu. It will not go in to drive but it will go in reverse

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To check the fluid level: It's a 4T40E. It is filled from a black or red plastic cap on top of the transmission

You will find a plug about 1.5" from the bottom of the transmission. This is the level checking plug. With the engine running, the fluid should be level with the opening. If a small amount of fluid does not run out, add a little until it does. The transmission pan should be about 110F or so when you install the level checking plug, since transmission fluid expands when it's hot.

Undocumented feature of the level-checking plug:

With the engine off, removing this plug drains about 4 quarts of fluid. So don't remove it without the engine running unless you want to remove 4 quarts. (I think it might make removing the pan a little less messy if you did remove this plug first).

this is not easy to do, I don't understand why GM ever came up with this type of tranny and many reason why I don't buy small GM vehicle. I recommend take it to the shop with a lift.

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There's a dipstick for the transmission, just like the oil dipstick. Most cars require you to check the transmission fluid with the engine running, and after cycling through the gears.

If it is low, add some. If you're lucky, that'll fix it, at least temporarily. If it's black and smells burnt, you need to get it changed and have the tranny checked out.

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