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How do i check add or change the transmission fluid in my 2002 chevy cavalier

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  • Anonymous Sep 08, 2008

    I was driving down the road doing 30 mph. when the car wasn't going anywhere, like the tranny was slipping. i looked down at my speedometer and it was down to 0 mph but the tach was at like 3ooo rpm's. My wife the next day had her friend come over and the first thing he did was added a quart of fluid. Drove it around the block a couple of times, added another quart. I was told that it made a little bit of difference and i should probably add another quart.When i got home i drove the car and there was no difference. The car does not want to shift out of first gear. when shifting manualy from 1st to 2nd to 3rd it still stays in first. If from a start accelerating in drive winding it to around 5500 rpms the car usually shifts real hard into second. Do you think changing the filter and fluid mite help ? Could it be the computer or maybe a relay switch ?

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    Tom Turner Email is tdturner2005@yahoo.com

  • tdturner2005 Sep 08, 2008

    I was driving down the road doing 30 mph. when the car wasn't going anywhere, like the tranny was slipping. i looked down at my speedometer and it was down to 0 mph but the tach was at like 3ooo rpm's. My wife the next day had her friend come over and the first thing he did was added a quart of fluid. Drove it around the block a couple of times, added another quart. I was told that it made a little bit of difference and i should probably add another quart.When i got home i drove the car and there was no difference. The car does not want to shift out of first gear. when shifting manualy from 1st to 2nd to 3rd it still stays in first. If from a start accelerating in drive winding it to around 5500 rpms the car usually shifts real hard into second. Do you think changing the filter and fluid mite help ? Could it be the computer or maybe a relay switch ?

    Thank You,

    Tom Turner Email is tdturner2005@yahoo.com

  • Anonymous Dec 11, 2008

    i can tell you how and what the problem is , had the same exact thing happen , respond if still needed

  • Anonymous Dec 28, 2008

    trannie sliping in and out of shifting sometimes staying in same gear tack running high

  • cressida72 Mar 25, 2009

    My car jerks when it shifts, when I stop at stop lights then hit the gas, it chokes or won't go in gear. I turn off the car and restart, it works until I have to stop again then it is a crapshoot.

  • Anonymous Mar 13, 2014

    how to add transmission fluid to a 2004 chevy aveo

  • Anonymous Mar 24, 2014

    trans seams to come out of gear on stop and go corners fluid level is good

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The transmissions are 'sealed' but are far from maintenance free or life-time fluids. there is a check/fill plug on the bottom of the transmission near the pan. to check the level, the car must be running in park, on a level surface (i.e. you cant jack this car up in your backyard on one side to check it) remove check plug taking care to notice how tight/far in the plug was because you'll need to replace it in near the same position. (you don't tighten these plugs all the way down) using the short hand on allen wench, check the level. if fluid pours out the moment you removed the plug, she way overfilled and requires service to avoid damage from too much pressure. if dry on the wench, SLOWLY add DEXRONII or compatible transmission fluid. if adding more then half a pint, stop between filling to shift thru each gear for 5 secs and check level once back in park. the red cap on the top of the transmission can be used to assist filling if you lack the equipment(i.e. proper transmission machine) to do so, but add slowly. its better to take 30mintes of checking to not overfill than it is to waste 3 hours trying to get it back out. these transmissions can be service by technicians who are familiar with the GM style sealed trannys. you can also usually use cooler lines as well for a fluid exchange, but this is not a transmission you can really service in your backyard for the most part.

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First,a amnual trans does not have a dipstick. Second,the Cavaliers around 1999 stopped putting a dipstick in for the trans.(Supposedly maintainence free).

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Where is the tansmission dipstick on a 97chevy z24 cavalier 5 speed

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The problem is your TCC Solenoid. but that's inside the valve body which is inside your transmission. I Changed it out myself and it was a pain!!! i would've gladly paid to have it done or bought a used tranny.

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I know how and what is wrong , resond if still needed

Posted on Dec 11, 2008

The transmission is sealed, not meant to be maintained by consumer, supposedly "maintenance free."

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Hehe, GM dealer could not do it for us either

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Hi, follow the detailed instruction below on how to check the Transmission fluid on your Chevy Cavalier 2001.
  1. Turn the Cavalier on and put it in neutral. Make sure your hand brake is engaged to keep the car from moving while you work on it. Open your car's hood so that you have access to the engine.
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Wow! People giving bad advice!

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