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    Big Al
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    Default How to check trans fluid, 99 Cavalier

    Trying to check the transmission fluid level on a 99 Cavalier with the 4
    speed automatic. The owner's manual says you can't check it, then says to
    flip the lever on the dipstick and remove it?? As far as I can tell there is
    no dipstick. There is a screw off red plastic cap that says transmission
    fluid. I took it off, seems to be a fill hole and vent.

    While we on Cavaliers. Where is the back up light switch on a 2002 5 speed
    manual?

    Al



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    Harry Face
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    Default Re: How to check trans fluid, 99 Cavalier

    The filler hole is on the side of the trans somewhere.

    Once you remove the plug, the oil lever should be level with the bottom
    of the hole. You really can't over fill it.

    good luck


    harryface


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    Brian Bower
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    Default Re: How to check trans fluid, 99 Cavalier

    I have a 2000 Cavalier 4dr 2.2L engine and it has automatic transmission
    dipstick. i can check the oil anytime i like.
    I never heard or would buy a car that you cannot check and replace -
    easily every type of fluid in it..
    Brian from Hot Las Vegas NV.








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    Big Al
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    Default Re: How to check trans fluid, 99 Cavalier


    "Harry Face" <Harryface9105@webtv.net> wrote in message
    news:27554-44EB17F3-61@storefull-3315.bay.webtv.net...
    > The filler hole is on the side of the trans somewhere.
    >
    > Once you remove the plug, the oil lever should be level with the bottom
    > of the hole. You really can't over fill it.
    >
    > good luck
    >
    >
    > harryface
    >


    It's an automatic. The fill hole is at the top.

    Al



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    Mike Marlow
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    Default Re: How to check trans fluid, 99 Cavalier


    "Brian Bower" <FlyinBrianSR71@webtv.net> wrote in message
    news:14544-44EBD713-263@storefull-3336.bay.webtv.net...
    > I have a 2000 Cavalier 4dr 2.2L engine and it has automatic transmission
    > dipstick. i can check the oil anytime i like.
    > I never heard or would buy a car that you cannot check and replace -
    > easily every type of fluid in it..
    > Brian from Hot Las Vegas NV.
    >


    Are you quite sure it has a dipstick for the tranny? My daughter's 2000
    Sunfire with a 2.2/automatic does not. Basically the same car. There is a
    red cap on the tranny for the fill port, but no dispstick.

    The way that you check the fluid on these trannies is like the way you check
    the fluid in a differential. There is a plug on the passenger side of the
    tranny that you remove to check the level. Fill is through the port on top,
    until it begins to pour out of the inspection plug hole. This is very
    common for GM cars for the past several years.

    --

    -Mike-
    mmarlowREMOVE@alltel.net



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    Brian Bower
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    Default Re: How to check trans fluid, 99 Cavalier

    Yes , My 2000 Cavalier 2.2L , 4dr with auto trans and old fashioned hand
    crank windows has an Automatic Transmission Dipstick. It is NOT the
    oil dipstick.
    I can check the oil and the Transmission.
    maybe because it was assembled in Lordstown Ohio is why there is a red
    color handle Transmission dipstick. Even shows the trans dipstick in
    the owners manual. I cannot believe that there are cars without auto
    trans Dipsticks that GM is putting out there.
    When I was buying the car I always inspect the engine and look for all
    the fluid fill locations.
    Would you believe when I bought the car the transmission dipstick showed
    that it was not up to the fill mark. had to add alittle trans fluid.
    It also has a small power steering reservoir that has a very small cap
    and tiny dipstick.
    Like I said If the car did not have the appropriate dipsticks and stuff
    normally found on cars I would not buy it.

    Brian - Very Hot , Las Vegas, NV








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    Brian Bower
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    Default Re: How to check trans fluid, 99 Cavalier

    I wonder if Cadillacs have a Auto Trans Dipstick ???. With the Money
    they charge you for a Cadillac these days - They better have an Auto
    Trans Dipstick and all the other appropriate fluid dipsticks.

    Brian - Very Hot, Las Vegas, NV








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    Mike Marlow
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    Default Re: How to check trans fluid, 99 Cavalier


    "Brian Bower" <FlyinBrianSR71@webtv.net> wrote in message
    news:16039-44ECCF6F-7@storefull-3338.bay.webtv.net...
    > I wonder if Cadillacs have a Auto Trans Dipstick ???. With the Money
    > they charge you for a Cadillac these days - They better have an Auto
    > Trans Dipstick and all the other appropriate fluid dipsticks.
    >


    Nah - Caddy owners pay someone else to worry about that stuff.

    --

    -Mike-
    mmarlowREMOVE@alltel.net



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    William H. Bowen
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    Default Re: How to check trans fluid, 99 Cavalier

    FlyinBrianSR71@webtv.net (Brian Bower) wrote:

    >I wonder if Cadillacs have a Auto Trans Dipstick ???. With the Money
    >they charge you for a Cadillac these days - They better have an Auto
    >Trans Dipstick and all the other appropriate fluid dipsticks.
    >
    >Brian - Very Hot, Las Vegas, NV


    Brian,

    Yes, the 4T80E has a dipstick, as does the 4T60E & 4T65E.

    Regards,
    Bill Bowen
    Sacramento, CA

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    William H. Bowen
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    Default Re: How to check trans fluid, 99 Cavalier

    FlyinBrianSR71@webtv.net (Brian Bower) wrote:

    >I have a 2000 Cavalier 4dr 2.2L engine and it has automatic transmission
    >dipstick. i can check the oil anytime i like.
    >I never heard or would buy a car that you cannot check and replace -
    >easily every type of fluid in it..
    > Brian from Hot Las Vegas NV.


    Brian,

    I checked my All-Data Transmission manuals just to refresh my
    memory, and as I remembered GM used 2 different automatic transaxles
    on 2000 Cavaliers.

    The first one is the 3-speed 3T40, which is the old THM125C first
    produced in 1980. THAT transaxle has a dipstick.

    Some Cavaliers where equipped with the 4T40E 4-speed transaxle. That
    transaxle does NOT have a dipstick. It has a vent/fill cap just
    forward of the manual valve shaft and a oil level check plug that has
    to be accessed from underneath (it is next to the torque converter
    housing on the passenger side of the main case).

    The 4T40E is not the only GM automatic that does not have a
    dipstick: the 4L30E RWD transmission and the Saturn automatics don't
    either.

    BTW, I sure do wish GM would adopt for all the automatics the neat
    system for transmission filtering used on the Saturns: an external
    spin-on filter like the oil filters on modern cars.

    Regards,
    Bill Bowen
    Sacramento, CA .

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