How do you check the transmission fluid in a 2000 Chevy Malibu?
You can not check the transmission fluid it is sealed off. You
should take it to get it checked! actually you just have to jack
the car up and make sure its level, leave the car running and go
under the car and take the higher plug out of the transmission just
above the pan, if tranny fluid starts to come out, it is fine but
if nothig comes out you should start filling it up from the top
until it comes out.
This is one of the reasons that GM is on their way out of
business. The assine engineers that planned this one should be
shot. There is a red cap that is under the throttle body below the
exhaust manifold. Don't remove it unless the engine is running or
you'll start losing fluid. It is meant to be checked at room
temperature (104 degress f). It is full when there is nothing
running out. It is a real bastard trying to get the cap back on
when the manifold is screaming hot. The first attempt usually winds
up with a burn on your hand (wear gloves), and losing the cap
behind the transaxle. WARNING: Here's the kicker when that
happens-you can't shut the car off or it will spew oil. So you need
to raise the car while it's running to try to get to the dropped
cap. Be careful on this one.
When you change the filter, it calls for 6.9 quarts to refill.
The dry fill is around 12 quarts. Well I had 12 quarts into it and
it still wasn't to the overflow point. I'm not sure where that
leaves me. Somthings rotten in Detroit is all I know. The pan
gasket is reusable if you take it off carefully.
I have a 2000 Malibu with the 3.1L. If you have the same tranny
as me and can't afford to take it to a dealer, the check plug is on
the passenger side of the car. It's near the axle on the underside
where the tranny wraps around the back of the engine. It's a pipe
thread plug and looks like a pointless bolt. Just remember to have
the engine running and the tranny in park when you check it. Also,
it must be warm. If it is full, fluid will be level to the whole
created when you remove the plug. Don't forget to put it back when
you are done.
Whenever I change the oil on my wife's 2000 Chev Malibu 3.1 L
checking the transmission oil level is a must since there is no
dipstick to check the oil level with. The MOTOR oil is hot to
change the oil in the motor. Driving the car up on ramps alters the
level a bit as does the trans fluid at 200 degrees instead of the
recommended 100 degrees. Let the car idle while you slide
cardboard, newspaper, a flex socket wrench with a deep 7/16 inch
six point socket. Set both the Park at the transmission gear
selector and the parking brake, and put blocks behind and in front
of the rear tires before you climb underneath the car. Cars roll
off of jacks, ramps and whatever enables mechanics to get
underneath. Before changing the motor oil while the engine is at a
slow idle, using a six point 7/16 wrench turn the plug on the
passenger side of the transmission counter clockwise looking down
at the top of the bolt/inspection plug. If oil runs out put the
plug right back in. If not add about four ounces at a time.
To add fluid, remove the red add fluid cap is on top of the
chain/side cover which is underneath the exhaust crossover in front
of the air valve. I used a turkey baster with the bulb removed and
used a funnel into the baster which I placed into the add fluid
hole after removing the red add fluid cap. While it is a better to
have one person adding fluid while the other is underneath yelling
stop when the fluid starts to run out of the inspection hole, I
added 4 oz at a time and may have a slightly overfilled
transmission. Although the car is not level, if you have fluid at
normal operation temperature, the expansion of the fluid will
compensate for the overfill due to the rear of the car being lower
than the front.
After removing the motor oil and filter, spray some engine
degreaser on the side of the motor and transmission to remove dirt
and to make finding future leaks and pinpoint their location.
If you do not have a leak and are not losing transmission fluid
the time to check the fluid level adds less than five minutes to
your oil change. If you have to remove the fill plug and add fluid
after finding or buying Dextron III transmission oil, you may add
15 - 30 minutes to the oil change.
The exhaust crossover pipe is several hundred degrees even at
idle. A bright flashlight is helpful to find leaks when lying on
the ground underneath the car and oil pans.