Where is the transmission dipstick located on a 2000 Chevy Malibu?

This is what I do. I have a 1998 Malibu that has a red transmission fluid cap that is visible (kneeling down)to the left of the inside of the battery straight to the back. If you have small arms you can reach and unscrew the cap, but it has to be cold. I then use a funnel that is about 18 inches long and insert it from the top while guiding the bottom of the funnel with my other hand. My funnel does not go directly in, but I anchor it where the fluid still flows in. I have put up to 3 gallons in and have had no problems. I usually add fluid when the car starts to kick, like jump starting.Hope it helps!


The 2000 and several other years of this vehicle have no transmission dipstick because they use a sealed transmission. The actual process for checking the trans fluid is elusive as I have been searching for days. The popular answer is that you need the vehicle engine and transmission at operating temperature, on a level surface, and then you pull a small plug (location in dispute) near the right axel shaft and watch for a small amount of fluid to run out. If none does, then it is low. Best I can come up with so far.