Where is the transmission dipstick located on a 1998 Chevy Malibu if there is not one how do you check the fluid level?
The 1998 Chevy Malibu does not have a transmission dipstick. Instead there is a check plug located on the transaxle, near the pan, adjacent to the engine oil drain plug.
Note: the vehicle must be kept level when checking the transmission fluid level.
Place an oil container under the check plug and remove it. Observe the fluid as it drips into the pan, indicating correct fluid level. The fluid level should be at the bottom of the check hole. Double check to make sure the car is level. If no fluid drips from the check hole, some fluid should be added via the red cap. But add only a little at a time until the fluid is at the bottom of the check hole.
There should be two dipsticks under the hood on a Malibu. One will be plainly marked "OIL" or "ENGINE OIL." The other one is your transmission fluid. This is assuming your Malibu has automatic transmission. If your Malibu has a manual transmission (stick shift), then there is no dipstick for transmission fluid -- manual trannies get lubrication from the engine oil.
There is no transmission dip stick. On the drivers side under the thermostat housing you have a red cap, that is your fill tube for the transmission. TJMAN DALLAS GA I'm not sure where it is located, but i know on alot of newer Chevy cars that there may not be one, because the transmission system is sealed.
There is no didpstick. Chevrolet Malibu builders screwed us consumers. I hate the way they built these transmissions. Why couldn't they just add the darn dipstick like everyone else. It is so hard to check the transmission fluid. You have to have car jacked up and then make sure its leveled. Then you need to turn the carn on so
It doesnt have one. Since about 1995 or so, most smaller transmissions have what is called a 'sealed' transmission. You will have to take it to a mechanic you trust to check it out or to the Chevy dealer. The easiest way to make sure it is correct is to take it to a Quick lube and have the transmission serviced.
The answer is not pleasant. There is none. GM saw fit to save a few dollars and not include them. The owners manual says that if transmission trouble is suspected to return the vehicle to a dealership where they have a tube and dipstick and will check the fluid level ( no doubt at a small fee). The only problem is that by the time the low fluid causes symptoms it is usually too late.
I have a 1998 Malibu, and was told that Chevy decided when they re-introduced back the Malibu in 1997, they would leave out the transmission dip stick. Another way to give more service work to the Chevy dealerships inb my opinion. I was told the 2000 plus models do not have the dipstick as well. The claim is to follow your owners manual when to have the transmission checked based on a set milage mark…
The transmission has a very small dipstick that is yellow located between the transmission mount and transmission on the side closest to the radiator. There is a 13mm bolt that holds the dipstick in place. Do not remove any bolts from the top of the transmission or you can end up having to have the transmission fixed.
If it is on a 1999 Chevy Malibu don't bother looking. There isn't one! This was one of gm's great ideas of getting you to take it in to a dealer. Otherwise, "most" transmission dipsticks are on the left side to the rear of the motor. Some are very short and hard to see under all the other motor paraphernalia.