my 99 caviler started grinding when shifting from 4th gear to 5th gear and sometimes very hard to get out of 5th. no dipstick to check fluid any ideas y it started doing this?

Asked by Apr 04, 2014 at 04:59 PM about the 1999 Chevrolet Cavalier

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

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With either the 2.4/Getrag or 2.2/Isuzu there should be a dipstick on the top of the tranny at the back. Under the brake master cylinder. But if your tranny is already grinding then there is damage. Check the level or drain and fill with fresh oil, it may help with the issues.


The damage will be to the sleeve/synco. They must slide freely. If the synco starts failing the tranny will "grind" whn switching in and out of the problem gear. Eventually the grinding causes enough damage where the sleeve cannot slide freely and you get stuck in gear. Low fluid, contaminated fluid or faulty parts are the common causes.

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