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Old 02-28-2010, 05:43 PM   #1
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im trying to add some transmission oil in my 2002. i dont want to add too much, so im trying to find the dipstick for it. where is that?

also, am i correct in thinking that the transmission oil cap is the red one on the drivers side, under some manifolds? that one seems to be the only logical choice, because the other ones seem to be labeled pretty well for other things.

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There is no place to fill it up top. There is a plug on the side of the transmission you can get to on a lift.
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The red cap on the top of the tranny on the driver's side is indeed where you are supposed to add fluid to. (I used to work at Jiffy Lube) There is a plug on the underside that is facing the passenger's side of the vehicle that will take a 10mm wrench to check the level. To check the level make sure the car is in park with the engine running and remove the plug. If fluid comes out then it's full if not, add fluid until it comes out the hole and put the plug back in.
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The red cap on the top of the tranny on the driver's side is indeed where you are supposed to add fluid to. (I used to work at Jiffy Lube) There is a plug on the underside that is facing the passenger's side of the vehicle that will take a 10mm wrench to check the level. To check the level make sure the car is in park with the engine running and remove the plug. If fluid comes out then it's full if not, add fluid until it comes out the hole and put the plug back in.
My bad, I had a mind fart. I haven't had that car for many years.
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Old 03-03-2010, 09:55 AM   #5
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thanks!
so, the car HAS to be running in order to check the level? thats not dangerous?
should the car be on for a certain amount of time before we try to fill it? or can it be cold?
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There should be no reason to check the transmission fluid on our Malibus. The only reason why there would be less fluid is if you have a leak. There's no way we can check the fluid level because there is no dipstick ( the dumbest design on these cars). How many miles do you have on your car? Is it the original or has it been rebuilt and if it has, when did the new tranny be put it in. I had my fluid changed at 93,000 miles and that was with the original fluid too. Also, these don't have filters for the transmissions, they have screens which never get replaced. Hoped this helped.
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It has been 8 years. I would get the fluid and filter changed if you have not done so since you have owned the car.

http://www.gminsidenews.com/forums/f...-vi-6-a-64757/

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