Transmission Fluid

How do you add transmission fluid to a Chevy Cavalier?

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2015-07-15 21:45:04
2015-07-15 21:45:04

You need a long thing funnel. Available at any auto supply store for a couple dollars. It should be around 1-2 feet long and thin at the tip. Pull your tranny dipstick, look at the dipstick and be sure to check the level however it tells you ie. in neutral with the engine warm, etc. Be sure not to overfill as this could damage your tranny.

It may not have a dipstick. If it does not remove the Red Filler Cap located on the top of the transaxle and fill until it overflows. Fill slowly so it does not make a mess and you should be good.

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES fill the entire transmission to overflowing!!!

If there is no dipstick, your transmission should be filled only to the level of a drain plug, down low, on the side of the transmission case. BUT... there is a specific and complicated procedure to assure that you add the proper AMOUNT of fluid. This procedure is described at

The procedure is done with the car raised, LEVEL, engine running, mildly warm, etc. so that the maximum amount of fluid is in circulation in the transmission WHILE you adjust the fluid level. Too much fluid or too little will be deadly to your transmission. The only way to add the proper amount of fluid is to follow the procedure completely.

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go to the Chevrolet dealer and buy only syncromesh transmission fluid. do not add anything else it will ruin your transmission.

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You can add atf but you won't know how much to add or when it is full. This needs to be done on a lift in a garage by a mechanic.

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Fluid is added through the transmission dipstick.

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