MY CAR HAS NO DIP STICK TO CHECK THE TRANSMISSION FLUID IN MY 1999 CAVALIER IT LOOKS AS IF IT NEVER HAD ONE PRETTY WEIRD RIGHT BUT TRUE. HOW ELSE CAN I CHECK THE TRANSMISSION FLUID FOR THIS PARTICULAR MODEL?

latoya
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Asked by latoya Feb 23, 2007 at 10:34 PM about the 1999 Chevrolet Cavalier 4 Dr LS Sedan

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

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bovan
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Dear latoya-- If it has no dipstick it means that you can't check the transmission fluid. Your system is sealed and the fluid is meant to last the lifetime of the car. Good luck from Bovan.

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Aaron Cook
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my 99 has a dip stick...there should be one...look for a red plastic handle that has a loop

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Erik Packard
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if it is a manual transmission its there just very far down on the trans

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Adam Morgan
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Yup, the dipstick is down there, but it tends to get covered with road grime and can be hard to see. It doesn't have a long fill tube like most, instead it's a small dip rod that plus into the housing itself if I remember correctly.

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papa
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front of car looking at engine ,right of motor look straight down you should see it.if not yours could be the case in fact,GMstarted building their cars with no dip stick you have to take it to dealership to have it checked.money racket,if yours has 80,000 miles or more and never been checked,take it in for a fluid and filter change.

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Larry Thibert
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here we go for all those who don't know.....the th125 trans does have a dipstick near the rear of the engine by the firewall...the th225 DOES NOThave a dipstick...you do not need to take your vehicle to the dealer to be checked....underneath the car where the right side axle goes to the wheel (between the trans and engine) there is a 3/8 pipe plug...romove this plug...start the vehicle...yes start the vehicle...if the fluid trickles out (not gushes out ) the level is ok...also catch a little in a container and check condition of fluid....hope this helps

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Ben Fleming
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I just wanted to verify that as per my experience, Larry is 100% correct. Good luck.

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Larry Thibert
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Thanks Ben...youdaman!!!!

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Benoit Piquette
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All the cavalier are the same to check the trans oil their a plu un the trani

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Larry Thibert
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dude english...please....try again...

headbuntoo4
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latoya is the man as he only made the mistake of saying take to dealer it can be done yourself the same way you did rearend check in the 70's and is located on passenger side of engine near driveshaft . car MUST BE LEVEL and running. take to a place with a pit or jack all 4 wheels and be sure it is not going to fall on you. at least on my 2001 cav is like that.

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John Saffrahn
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if for some reason it doesn't trickle out there is a plastic plug on the top of the trans same side as the check plug. it is about the same size as a gatoraid cap, cant miss it.

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John Saffrahn
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lol forgot to say thats where u fill it, very long funnel

Josh VanLaanen
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ACTUALLY ALL THE CAVALIERS DO NOT HAVE A REGULAR DIPSTICK. HOWEVER THEY DO HAVE THE RED FILL PLUG. AND ON THE BOTTOM OF THE TRANSMISSION AS YOU ARE LOOKING AT THE FRONT OF THE CAR THERES A DRAIN PLUG THAT IS ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE TRANNY PAN. NOW THE PONTIAC SUNFIRES HAD A REGULAR DIPSTICK FOR THE TRANSMISSION.

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BlueEyez
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I'm sure I'm low on Transmission fluid...been looking for two days and cant find it LOL. Hopfully someone will help me tomorrow to find it.

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Jennifer Menderis
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There is no dip stick for car. I have a 2004 model and these are the new sealed systems. Don't know why I bought it but I did. I had the same problem with my 2004 Saturn vue and the tranny was replaced 3 times because the fluid level couldn't be checked. I will not buy another Chevy again. Nissan is now doing the same on most models. The dealers have the stick to check and we as owners can not buy them as far as I know.

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shortiron
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My Cavalier is a, 1999 Z24 Cavalier Covtertable with a 4 speed auto. trans. do you happen to know about my car, mine dose not have a dipstick to check trans. fluid level, how can I check the level in mine, as it has been starting to slip.

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Anthony Francis
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how do you check / add gear oil to the manual transmission on a 2004 chevy cavalieras the shift is now very stiff when shifting gears i know it needs gear oil,, but dont know to insert it into gear box ......need help

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RTorrez1
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Here is what I have found for my girlfriends 2002 Cavalier. Here’s an example of what is involved to check the fluid level for a 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier with a 4T40-E automatic transaxle: fluid temp must be at 104 degrees F. when checking engine must be running with transaxle in Park an oil pan should be placed under the removal plug area; then remove plug if fluid doesn’t come out when plug is removed, add fluid until it starts to come out; then stop adding allow level to stabilize even with the bottom of the check plug hole replace plug when fluid no longer comes out of check plug hole tighten plug to the correct torque specification You can see it’s no longer a simple matter of lifting the hood, pulling out the dipstick and looking to see where the fluid level is on vehicles with these newer style transmissions.

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