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Transmission i have a 97 cadillac catera and i wan to know how to put the transmission oil in and stop it from leaking

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I just read on the internet you can check the automatic transmission fluid as you would a manual transmission. Ideally the car is level & lifted. On the side of the transmission is a bolt/plug, Warm the car up and leave it running. Remove the bolt/plug and feel for fluid inside the hole. Properly filled the fluid should be at the bottom of the hole for the bolt/plug.
Because you need to raise the car, it's considered a dealer maintenance item.
Hope that helps.

Posted on Nov 25, 2008

Had the same problem a few years ago. It has to be taken in to a shop for trans fluid to be put in.

Posted on Aug 13, 2008

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