how do i check the transmission fluid level

jemarthompson
0

Asked by jemarthompson Dec 23, 2012 at 10:47 PM about the 2007 Chevrolet Malibu

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

15 Answers

tenspeed
53,395

There is a plug on the side and a red plastic cap on the top of the transmission. Remove the plug. If nothing comes out, add fluid until it does. You might be able to see inside with a small mirror and a flashlight.

35 out of 35 people think this is helpful.
CarCarePro
120

December 24, 2012 I realize this post is very old. however, many others may read the answer here and take it seriously. In many American cars there is a dip stick located towards the rear of the engine located on the right side (Drivers side of the vehicle if looking into the engine compartment. Checking transmission fluid is simple if you follow a few rules. 1. Always check transmission fluid when the engine is warm 2. Always check transmission fluid when the engine is running 3. Only check transmission fluid when the vehicle is on Level ground 4. Only add the fluid a little at a time, maybe 1/2 pint until it reaches the line 5. Never add more fluid than is needed, to much will damage the trans 6. Only use the fluid designated by your manufacturer Other than that use a funnel when adding, and be safe when working on ANY vehicle. I hope this helps future Readers. CarcarePro

12 out of 12 people think this is helpful.
Jason Zane
3,435

there is NO DIPSTICK on newer GM vehicles. tenspeed has it right.. in addition, engine must be running to check it.

14 out of 14 people think this is helpful.
aaacar
215

GM WENT TOO A TRANSMISSION FREE CHECK I HAVE IT ON MY 2000 PONTIAC,IF YOUR MILAGE IS OVER 60000 MIES GOTOGM SHOP AND ASK THEM TO CHANGE YOUR TRANS. FILTER AND OIL,MUST BE DOON AT GM SERVICE FACILITY.................aaacar

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
aaacar
215

this GM trans.is not supposed to be serviced out side of GM facility,had my pontiac done at 60000 miles cost about 100-150.00 well worth the charge,lot of do it your selfers overfill or under fill.............aaacar

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
tenspeed
53,395

and a lot of do it your selfers get it just right. Do you work for GM since you say that no one is supposed to service the transmission? All people and all independent shops are incompetent?

5 out of 5 people think this is helpful.
aaacar
215

go play with your new christmas toys, and quit looking to insult people . a lot of independant shops don't have techs. that are up to date on all proceders. and i think may be some of what your saying means you are not A.S.E. certified

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
Peter Kiryluk
50

I think this is why GM sucks, how do you not have a dip stick or a way to know what is in there. or have access to the most importunate part of the car. What a pile.

5 out of 5 people think this is helpful.
aaacar
215

peter, you don't say what kind of GM vehicle you have? my ram air pontiac is an auto. you must have an auto. too so these transmissions are great!!!!!!! no need to check fluid level. that's why no dipstick............

gmsucks2013
40

no dipstick means they want more money when your cars tranny goes out.. all part of their game to get more cash out of you . that is why gm sucks. that's exactly why they went and needed to go on welfare.

4 out of 4 people think this is helpful.
Roco
160

The transmission dipstick on a Malibu 2008 is located towards the front of the engine on the right side (Drivers side) by the car battery; you won’t locate it right away because its view is blocked by the air intake hose, but it’s not hard to squeeze your hand to pull the dipstick without removing the air intake hose. In fact, it's not a dipstick like the engine oil dipstick, and it’s more like a screwed "cap" similar to the hydraulic direction reservoir cap. 1) With the engine hot and running, pull out the dipstick, wipe it clean, and put it back 2) Pull it out again and check the fluid level. The proper fluid level is marked on the dipstick To see the condition of the fluid better, drip it on a white paper towel. The new automatic transmission fluid usually comes red. Over time, it deteriorates and becomes more brownish. It's good idea to change it before it becomes too dark

13 out of 13 people think this is helpful.
NJNightRider
10

Hi, I have an: 06 Malibu MAxx LT, love it except for handling (wondering if I can replace the springs/shocks with SS equipment?? but that's another track) Some qts on trans fluid change since I do just about everything myself. 1. IS the only way to "drain" the fluid to carefully drop the pan with spilling it all over the place? 2. Fill the trans through that level plug hole on the right side? I've got 99K on the car, it was a Hertz rental up to about 35K , don't know if the trans fluid has ever been changed. 3. Is it bad to flush the trans fluid at 95k??? 4. HOW TO FLUSH to the fluid from the converter? Thanks ! Will

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
tita08
20

I have a 2007 chevy malibu. for the past few weeks i have noticed that my rpm flutters and is not really synchronizing with the mph...does anyone have an idea on how to fix this or what it might be?

2 out of 2 people think this is helpful.
bradmachine
10

I have a 2005 malibu max. I would not have bought it had I realized that there was no dipstick on the trans. Makes you think maybe they deserved to go out of business. I do all my own work, if possible. I like to change the trans fluid every 50K miles. I have two vehicles with 250,000 miles on the trannys and they are fine... Now my problem is do you fill the trans up to the plug hole with the motor running or not running. The parts store said 6.9 quarts to change the oil. I put in 7 and nothing is running out... ??? I guess I'll put in more oil until it runs out. earlier post says you fill with motor running. that is opposite to most all other vehicles.???? somebody help me.

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
Lorraine Pioszak
0

ok so my 98 Cavalier HAS a dipstick. It is however broken and no one seems to be able to tell me what will replace it!!!! I kbow I need a new one but what one and where do I get it?

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

Malibu
Looking for a Used Malibu in your area?
CarGurus has 73,974 nationwide Malibu listings starting at $855.
ZIP:

Search Chevrolet Malibu Questions

Chevrolet Malibu Experts

#1 tenspeed
tenspeed
Reputation 740
#2 T_S_T
T_S_T
Reputation 620
#3 John Saffrahn
John Saffrahn
Reputation 570
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Chevrolet Impala"
1,731 Great Deals out of 59,300 listings starting at $995
Used Nissan Altima"
1,544 Great Deals out of 80,582 listings starting at $995
Used Toyota Camry"
1,586 Great Deals out of 70,498 listings starting at $1,395
Used Ford Fusion"
1,753 Great Deals out of 69,802 listings starting at $2,995
Used Honda Accord"
1,251 Great Deals out of 66,123 listings starting at $1,000
Used Dodge Charger"
605 Great Deals out of 30,659 listings starting at $2,950
Used Nissan Maxima"
608 Great Deals out of 19,661 listings starting at $1,495
Used Kia Optima"
558 Great Deals out of 39,950 listings starting at $1,900
Used Hyundai Sonata"
1,044 Great Deals out of 58,553 listings starting at $1,095
Used Chevrolet Equinox"
1,017 Great Deals out of 56,903 listings starting at $2,995
Used Chrysler 300"
627 Great Deals out of 20,945 listings starting at $2,500
Used Ford Taurus"
568 Great Deals out of 19,312 listings starting at $800
Used Honda Civic"
842 Great Deals out of 57,416 listings starting at $995

Used Cars For Sale

2015 Chevrolet Malibu For Sale
11 Great Deals out of 38,343 listings starting at $18,805
2014 Chevrolet Malibu For Sale
218 Great Deals out of 8,662 listings starting at $13,995
2013 Chevrolet Malibu For Sale
365 Great Deals out of 6,196 listings starting at $12,000
2012 Chevrolet Malibu For Sale
320 Great Deals out of 5,590 listings starting at $7,900
2011 Chevrolet Malibu For Sale
291 Great Deals out of 5,126 listings starting at $7,777