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#49 of 138 Re: Transmishion [rlenker]
Jul 07, 2007 (3:18 pm)
Automatics with No Dipsticks
According to automobile manufacturer research, a certain percentage of automatic transmission failures are caused by over-filling and/or using the incorrect transmission fluid. It is important to remember to NEVER over-fill the transmission assembly and to ALWAYS use the recommended transmission fluid. To discourage over-filling, some vehicle manufacturers have eliminated the dipstick on the transmission. Unfortunately, this also makes it hard to tell if the fluid level is low.
On automatic transmissions that do not have a dipstick to check the fluid level or add fluid, a fill plug is usually located on the left side or right side of the transmission. On some, there may also be a drain plug on the bottom of the transmission.
To check the fluid level, the transmission must be warm and the vehicle must be parked on a level surface or raised on a lift. Jacking up the front wheels will tilt the vehicle and give an inaccurate indication of the fluid level. Therefore, all FOUR wheels must be raised off the ground and the vehicle must be properly supported by four jack stands. NEVER crawl under a vehicle unless it is safely supported by jack stands.
When the fill plug is removed, some fluid should dribble out of the hole if the fluid is at the proper level (flush with the bottom of the fill plug hole). If no fluid comes out, add fluid to bring it up to the level of the hole.
Below are some of the automatic transmissions that do not have a dipstick:
5-SPEED 2004-UP ACURA TL, RL, RSX
5L40/5L50E 2004-05 CADILLAC CATERA
AISIN 81-40LE 2004-05 CHEVROLET AVEO
4T40/45E 1997-UP CHEVROLET CAVALIER, COBALT
42RLE 2005-UP CHRYSLER 300 3.5L 2WD
NAG-1 2005-UP CHRYSLER 300 3.5L AWD
AF33 2005-UP CHEVROLET EQUINOX
5R55N/S/W 2005-UP FORD CARS
AISIN RNJ 1998-05 ISUZU NPR DIESEL
ZF-6SHP-26 2005-UP LINCOLN NAVIGATOR 5.4L
5F31J 2004 MAZDA MPV W/5SPD
N4AEL 2004 MAZDA MIATA
AF23 2004-05 SATURN ION
4/5-Speed 2004-05 SATURN VUE
#50 of 138 Re: How to change your Cobalts oil... [ray_h1]
Jul 14, 2007 (11:28 am)
How do you know Champion Labs makes oil filters for AC-Delco? Do they make any other products for them?
#51 of 138 Magnetic drain plug
Jul 27, 2007 (4:28 pm)
Am getting an 07 LT 1 next week. Does anyone know the thread size of the drain plug? Would like to install a magnetic plug ASAP.
#52 of 138 Brake Fluid Level
Aug 23, 2007 (3:52 pm)
What is the proper level for the brake fluid in the master cylinder? How do you know if it is too low? Do you go by the two dots on the master cylinder? This is for the 2.2 engine.
#53 of 138 Re: Brake Fluid Level [harrisblack]
Aug 23, 2007 (5:58 pm)
not a good idea to top off master cylinder. as this is a good visible cue as to the condition of your brake pads. as they become more worn the level of fluid in the master cylinder decreases.if the reservoir is 50% then check the disc pads for wear. also look for signs of fluid loss.
#54 of 138 Re: Brake Fluid Level [okko1]
Aug 24, 2007 (1:59 pm)
I would always top it off when needed and check brake wear on occasion by looking at the brakes. I wouldn't rely on a reservoir.
#55 of 138 Re: Brake Fluid Level [poncho167]
Aug 24, 2007 (2:53 pm)
a properly functioning brake system is not designed to be topped off it is a closed system. thats why there is a min. & max. level line. topping off the master cylinder is good for the brake business. it is one of the best ways to generate rotor work. much rather see that light come on for low fluid than just keep adding.
Aug 29, 2007 (10:59 am)
How and when do you change the fuel filter? There is no mention of it in the owners manual.
#57 of 138 Re: Brake Fluid Level [okko1]
Aug 30, 2007 (5:11 am)
I low reservoir like you mentioned gives a good indication of brake wear or other line issues, but as far as I can recall all of my reservoirs on my past vehicles didn't have an line. Basically you fill it up as far as you can with out spilling when the cover is put on. My Chevy S10 doesn't have a line and my brakes never have issues. My rotors general last 50,000 miles or so which or pretty good. My previous Pontiacs didn't have any particular level either.
#58 of 138 Re: Brake Fluid Level [poncho167]
Aug 30, 2007 (1:17 pm)
I don't remember typing that many grammer errors.