how do i check the transmission fluid level


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

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

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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.

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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

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Jason Zane

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

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this GM 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

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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?

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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

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Peter Kiryluk

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.

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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............

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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.

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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

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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

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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?

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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.

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Lorraine Pioszak

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?

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James Gordon

How to check. Automatic transmission fluid on 2015 Ford fusion The James

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Ronald McFarlin

what type of transmission fluid for a 2013 Malibu

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Don Harding

The right and left side of the car is determined by sitting in the drivers seat. So the left side is the drivers side.


Tita08 all you need to do is change the throttle body and your problem is fixed.


im glad to see all the smart people out there but you don't SHOW where the plug or red cap are

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Same question as everyone only I have 2015 Malibu eco cheapest put together car ever BTW. how to check transmission fluid on it? Also doesn't it seem like your engine stalling then restarting at almost every stop is not going to turn out well for engine and tranny in the long run?? Maybe I don't get it but it seems like all that restarting is not that great for the environment like is said to be.

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