Question about 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier
There is no transmission dipstick.
The car needs to be jacked up so that the front of the car and the rear of the car are level. You can then gain access to the transmission level plug located on the passenger side of the transmission under the car, right behind the oil pan. It will be a small brass colored plug.
With the engine up to normal operating temperature and running remove this plug. Have a drain pan under it to catch any fluid that may come out. If fluid comes out it is full. If no fluid comes out you'll need to add some. DO NOT SHUT OFF THE VEHICLE WITH THE PLUG REMOVED!
The fill plug is located on the top of the transmission. If you look down on the drivers side of the engine where it meets the transmission you will see a red cap. Unscrew that cap and using an appropriate funnel add fluid until it runs out the level plug hole. Once it starts to run out it is full and the level plug can be reinstalled, the engine shut off and the car lowered.
It is very important for the car to be level and for the engine to be running the whole time to level plug is removed.
Posted on Nov 07, 2010
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
There is a plug located where the right side axle shaft enters the transmission it is above the pan. To check the fluid level of the transmission the engine must be at operating temp and the vehicle must be level. The must be running and the transmission in park, the plug is then removed and if transmission fluid starts dripping/leaking out it is full. If not transmission fluid should be added till fluid starts leaking from the plug hole, then just reinsert the plug and tighten. Generally this is done with the vehicle on a lift in order to access the plug, you might be able to do this if you have enough room to access the plug remember the vehicle must be level.
Posted on Nov 23, 2008
Does it feel like the shifter cable is actually moving the detent in the transmission? I've seen a broken shifter cable in a cavalier a while back with the same symptoms you described. Check the cable where it connects to the transmission. It's under the hood on the drivers side.
Posted on Dec 03, 2009
check the transmission solonoid..
you will need to get a diagnostic done to find out if thats the problem.. most likely its that,, or the transmission belt that needs changing.. in eighter case you will need someone with diagnostic machine to scan the cars computer for that!!
Posted on Mar 09, 2010
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