Last post on Jul 26, 2011 at 7:05 AM
You are in the Chevrolet Malibu
What is this discussion about?
Chevrolet Malibu, Chevrolet Malibu SS, Engine, Oil, Sedan
#36 of 68 Re: How do we Check and change tansmission fluid for 2006 Malibu LT? [lesha
May 18, 2007 (5:23 am)
I have a 2006 Malibu LT and before that I had a 2002 Malibu. You have to take the car into the mechanic because there is really no way to "check" it from what I understand. It is suppose to last for a while and the dealership expects you to come in to get it checked. Just another way to get more money out of you!
#37 of 68 Re: How do we Check and change tansmission fluid for 2006 Malibu LT? [lesha [ibaker]
May 18, 2007 (8:55 am)
if you look at the owners manual..it basically states change the fluid every 50k under severe driving habits....IMHO most of us dont match it.....Im having my changed at 100K as part of preventive maintenance as well as plugs and wires and the engine accessory belt changed....plugs and wires are the only recommended service at 100K....my quote out the door for all the services is $470, by my local service center (not a dealership)..which beats all the dealers around northern va....with ranges from $560-$700 for the same service....plus tax and sheop fees
#38 of 68 When is time to change transmission fluid?
Aug 06, 2007 (1:59 pm)
I have a 2005 Maxx and after almost 3 years now it is approaching 30,000 miles. There is no dip-stick to check the transmission oil, so you can not easily check the condition of the transmission oil. Does GM put the long-life transmission fluid in Maxx? Is 30,000 mile about the right time to do a transmission fluid and filter change? I think it will replace 5 Qt out of the 6.9Qt of the fluid. If I drive 50% on highway miles, would that put less strain on the transmission fluid?
#39 of 68 sport red paint
Aug 11, 2007 (9:05 am)
Has anyone found sport red touch up for the 04 Malibu. Looked every where and none to be found.
#40 of 68 Re: When is time to change transmission fluid? [ktc]
Aug 11, 2007 (9:12 am)
Seeing that E2 is not around I will give my opinion.
I just did my 04 Malibu at 30K, just before warranty expired. It will take 7.5 qts for pan drop and filter change.
I am not aware of GM using long life fluid in the Malibu or Maxx, cost too much.
#41 of 68 Re: When is time to change transmission fluid? [gonogo]
Aug 13, 2007 (6:40 am)
just a dumb question, how did you add the fluid back in and check it....assume through the drain hole since it is a sealed system...
I had my local mechanic due the same thing..pan drop and filter replace...and he only replaced 4 quarts....your 7.5 replacement now has me concerned Im running it with low trans fluid......
#42 of 68 Re: When is time to change transmission fluid? [pao]
Aug 13, 2007 (8:21 am)
Here is the procedure I have on a word pad, I see this ? asked a lot. I start with 7.5 Quarts, a small amount will drain out when plug is removed to check. A pan drop and filter change with 4 qts added back is at least 3 qts low. Where you put fluid in is the plastic red cap on top of the transmission. Put the check plug in when it starts to dribble.
IMPORTANT... On the 4T45E in the Malibu and Maxx the fill cap needs to be off to check fluid level, the cap is not the same as the older 4T45E units.
Fluid check procedure
Start the engine and allow the engine to idle until the transmission fluid temperature has reached the value specified. Depress the brake pedal and move the shift lever through the gear ranges, pausing a few seconds in each range. Return the shift lever to the PARK range. Raise the vehicle on a hoist. The vehicle must be level, with the engine running and the shift lever in the PARK range. Caution The engine must be running when the transmission fluid fill plug is removed, or excessive fluid loss will occur. Transmission fluid may be hot. Since the actual fluid level is unknown, stand clear when removing the fill plug. Have a container ready to capture any lost fluid. Do not turn the engine off with the fill plug removed, as you can be injured by hot transmission fluid being expelled out of the oil fill opening.
Remove the transmission plug.
The transmission fluid may darken with normal use and does not always indicate contamination or oxidation.
Transmission fluid (At least 104°F) 5-10 minutes at idle will give correct temp.
Does the fluid have a burnt odor or a dark brown color?Check the fluid level. The fluid level should be even with the bottom of the threaded plug hole.Is the fluid level low?
Add DEXRONŽ III automatic transmission fluid in increments of 0.5L until the fluid drains from the plug hole.
Install plug before stopping engine or fluid will spill out of plug hole.
Pan drop and filter change 7.5 qts
Check plug is just to the right of the passenger side axle housing , 11 mm plug, can't miss it, only one there.
Hoist is optional, just needs to be level and plug accessible.
#43 of 68 Re: When is time to change transmission fluid? [gonogo]
Aug 13, 2007 (8:29 am)
Great write-up! You might consider adding it to our CarSpace Guides section where it will benefit many folks now and in the future.
#44 of 68 Re: When is time to change transmission fluid? [pat]
Aug 14, 2007 (8:01 am)
You can do it if you want.
#45 of 68 comprehensive maintenance
Sep 26, 2007 (1:40 pm)
I have driven my Malibu 2006 15,000 miles. I did change the oil each 3000 miles/3 months. Do I need to put my car in dealer for comprehensive maintenance?