Crawl under vehicle using a creeper if you have one, and locate the bottom of the transmission. All repairs have been related to either gas or powertrain. Oct 31, 2010 Automatic transmission fluid is added at the dipstick tube. This is how it works. Both myself and my passengers have heard creaking in the steering column of my vehicle while turning at low speeds.
I continue to hear, after each repair is tried, grinding in the gears while shifting. When it stops trickling, crawl back under and tighten the fluid check hole plug, wipe the area clean with a shop rag and remove the drain bucket. If its a stick shift,then i would check underneath the car. Before adding transmission fluid, make sure that your engine was running when you checked the fluid level. Transmission fluid additives begin to break down under temperatures in excess of 220 degrees Fahrenheit; temperatures in excess of 400 degrees Fahrenheit can cause most transmission fluids to break down completely in 20 minutes. Make sure the vehicle is cold before starting these steps. Extreme heat causes many of the automatic transmission fluid additives, especially those involved in enhancing lubrication, to break down quicker.
Reinsert the dipstick and pull it out again. Consumer stated vehicle was shifting rough, dealer could not find any problems. Providing your Chevy Cavalier with both the proper amount and type of transmission fluid is especially critical for Cavaliers that utilize an automatic transmission, which contains more parts than a manual transmission, breaks down easier and can be thousands of dollars to fix or replace. Vehicle was overheating, cooling system motor was making the noise. While driving approximately 45 mph, the contact heard a popping sound and felt something drop from the vehicle. But with the right equipment and these suggestions, you can perform the job yourself.
Your owners manual will spell all this out for you. Checking your transmission fluid level in a Chevy Cavalier is not as easy as in other cars. It is not recommended to use different height floor jacks or a pair of cinder blocks for one axle and jack stands for the other. When the trans starts feeling like it's not shifting the way it should, I put in a half quart and it seems to work. Remove the cap and place the long narrow-necked funnel into the transmission fill hole just in case you need to add fluid. If it does have a dipstick, look on the stick for directions.
Any help, ideas, suggestions, info would be great. The engine light always comes on after acceleration going up a hill. This bolt is just to check the fluid level is correct and will not drain the entire Transmission fluid reservoir, you must remove the pan to remove the transmission fluid. The fluid level needs to be above the low mark and not past the full. I put 275k on the manual in my Saturn 5 speed and it was always silky smooth. Open your car's hood so that you have access to the engine.
If you cannot raise all four corners of the vehicle and have it be as close to level as possible, there's no point in performing this task at home. A low reading also indicates a need to add more fluid. This is in regards to a 1998 Chevy Cavalier since I have one myself and may not be correct for any other year. Darkness or opaqueness in the transmission fluid does not necessarily mean that the fluid must be changed. Loosen the plug bolt and remove using a hand wrench or ratchet and socket. This will expand the fluid and give you a proper reading.
If you need to add fluid use a long funnel and place it in… It should be in the owners manuyal. On the right side passenger side of the transmission a few inches from the bottom is a small plug bolt. I have a 2001 Cavalier 5-speed manual 2. When adding transmission fluid to your Cavalier, be sure to add it slowly as the transmission fluid capacity is reached quickly and it is difficult to remove excess fluid if you overfill. Dealer will not process further repairs.
Air conditioner was making a grinding noise. Leave the engine running when checking transmission fluid levels in Cavaliers with an oil level control plugs; this will prevent the transmission fluid, which is often extremely hot, from pouring out from the plug. Check the fluid level accordint to instructions in the owners manual. May I add that it takes 10 miles of driving to get the transmission up to operating temperture. Use the floor jack to lift one corner of the vehicle at a time and place all four jack stands in the same height position to level the vehicle as best you can. You take plug out and if fluid runs out it is full. Transmission fluid lubricates the many moving parts of an automatic transmission and can absorb some environmental irritants, such as dirt or metal shavings, that would otherwise scratch and wear down the transmission.
Remove dipstick from tube, wipe and reinsert while engine hot and running at idle, park or nutral ok. If fluid starts to come out when you remove the plug, allow it to trickle until it stops. I only occasionally checked the level by lifting that red cap and pulling out the attached dipstick. It never got low and was always bright red. Pour it in the hole on top where the red cap is until the fluid runs out - all while the car is running. Place a drain bucket below the plug. If you have regular oil changes performed at a local lube shop, you could ask the tech to check it there.
If you have a 2. If the transmission fluid level on your Cavalier is low, you need to add fluid through the dipstick tube. I have owned it for every day and every mile 204K since I bought it new in April of 2001. The vehicle stopped and would not move; therefore, it had to be towed. The transmission fluid goes in the dip stick hole. Once it is roughly dribbling out, the trans is considered full. Park the vehicle on a flat paved or concrete surface.