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Can not find where to check trans fluid on automatic

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GM went to a "fill for life" transmission on these cars, easiest way to tell is look at the top of the trans, you shoud see a red screw on cap about 1.5 inches across. If you have this, the proper way to check the fluid level is to run the car to normal operating temperature, raise the vehicle on a hoist and while the engine is running in park, remove the check plug on the right side of the transmission by where the axle shaft goes in. When you are looking at the axle, it will be a pipe plug at about the 4:00 position. Some trans fluid will run out. Add fluid until it starts running out the hole. When it stops, reinstall the plug and you are at the proper level.

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