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Old 10-16-2011, 08:13 PM   #1
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I can't tell the level of the transmission fluid on my malibu (09, 4 cyl) I know some versions have the dip stick. Is it possible to buy this dipstick or no?

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4-cyl version uses the ol' "pop the plug and wait'll she leaks" method. If you do a search you'll find it's been discussed and there are detailed instructions on how to check it and/or fill it.
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Old 10-17-2011, 06:20 AM   #3
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Is it possible to buy this dipstick or no?
NO, not practical.
Getting the simple parts would probably not be a problem.
Mounting them to the transmission, however, would be a MAJOR hassle.
Not recommended.
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4-cyl version uses the ol' "pop the plug and wait'll she leaks" method. If you do a search you'll find it's been discussed and there are detailed instructions on how to check it and/or fill it.
I know about removing the plug and checking it that way but I though maybe there was a dipstick I could get. I guess not, thanks guys!
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@nertil1, the transmission is self contained and there is no dip stick to check the level of the fluid. I apologize for this inconvenience.

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Old 10-17-2011, 03:40 PM   #6
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I know about removing the plug and checking it that way but I though maybe there was a dipstick I could get. I guess not, thanks guys!
Yep, you just found out that the engineers don't want you checking the fluid level. Heaven forbid there were any issues like poor workmanship, porous case, faulty gasket, stripped threads, or some other unplanned-for issue. Just one more reason I'm glad to have the V6 version that has a dipstick! Sorry that yours doesn't - I don't mean it to sound like I'm rubbing it in. Instead I'm lamenting the decision of whoever decided not to include one.

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@nertil1, the transmission is self contained and there is no dip stick to check the level of the fluid. I apologize for this inconvenience.

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Truly an inconvenience for the motoring public that a car doesn't allow you to check its vital fluids. I don't mean to belabor this, but if you would, please let GM know that we, as owners, feel it was a dismally poor decision to excluded the dipstick. Yes, a very "minor" part, but it helps keep track of the vital fluid in a very major component.
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Old 10-17-2011, 04:30 PM   #7
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Yep, you just found out that the engineers don't want you checking the fluid level. Heaven forbid there were any issues like poor workmanship, porous case, faulty gasket, stripped threads, or some other unplanned-for issue. Just one more reason I'm glad to have the V6 version that has a dipstick! Sorry that yours doesn't - I don't mean it to sound like I'm rubbing it in. Instead I'm lamenting the decision of whoever decided not to include one.



Truly an inconvenience for the motoring public that a car doesn't allow you to check its vital fluids. I don't mean to belabor this, but if you would, please let GM know that we, as owners, feel it was a dismally poor decision to excluded the dipstick. Yes, a very "minor" part, but it helps keep track of the vital fluid in a very major component.
It's not that it's hard to check the level by removing the bolt but even then you need a level surface and not all of us have access to lifts. That makes it worse.
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I'm with Nertil1.

The engineers seem to think that the seals will last forever, and the accountants want us to buy a new car when the seals start to leak.

So yah, I've got that on my "Really, REALLY poor decisions from GM that helped to kill it!" list.

(Glad yours has a dipstick, DrivenDaily. MY Gen5 doesn't. Well, it has one -the dipstick that bought it with such a critical piece of equipment designed out of it. )

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Old 10-17-2011, 06:07 PM   #9
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I'm an engineer myself so it's baffling to me why they didn't put one in. It couldn't have possibly have cost that much extra to add one.
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Old 10-17-2011, 11:39 PM   #10
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Mercedes is even more moronic. Certain models don't even allow oil level checks. THAT alone would be enough to walk away from the purchase....new or used. Then again, I don't buy foreign, but you get my point.
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