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How to Check the Transmission Fluid in a 2001 Tahoe

by Justin Cupler

In 1995, Chevrolet redesigned the S-10 Blazer and dropped the "S-10" tag, leaving it with just the Blazer name. This potentially could have caused confusion among Chevrolet owners, as the maker already had the full-size Blazer. Chevy prevented this by changing the full-size Blazer's name to Tahoe in 1995. The 2001 Tahoe -- one year after a redesign -- came fitted with a 4.8-liter V-8 that produced 275 horsepower and a four-speed automatic transmission. Checking the fluid in the Tahoe's four-speed automatic transmission is a straightforward task that any Tahoe owner should know how to perform.

Park your Tahoe on a flat surface. Hold the brake pedal and position the gear shifter into each gear. Put the shift back in "Park."

Allow the engine to run until it reaches operating temperature -- about halfway up the temperature gauge. Open the Tahoe's hood and locate the transmission dipstick -- the red-handled dipstick on the rear, passenger's side of the engine compartment.

Pivot the dipstick's red handle upward to unlock the dipstick. Pull the dipstick out of the engine compartment.

Wipe the transmission fluid from the dipstick with a clean, lint-free cloth. Reinsert the dipstick into the dipstick tube and wait about three seconds. Pull the dipstick from the engine compartment and check the fluid level on both sides of the dipstick.

Insert a funnel into the transmission dipstick tube and pour in Dexron-III transmission fluid, if the fluid level on either side of the dipstick is below the "Hot" range on the dipstick. Recheck the fluid level by following Step 4.

Reinsert the dipstick and pivot the dipstick handle downward to lock it in place, once the fluid is within the "Hot" range on the dipstick.

Close the Yukon's hood. Turn off the engine.

Tip

  • Add just a little fluid at a time. Do not overfill.

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About the Author

Justin Cupler is a professional writer who has been published on several websites including CarsDirect and Autos.com. Cupler has worked in the professional automotive repair field as a technician and a manager since 2000. He has a certificate in broadcast journalism from the Connecticut School of Broadcasting. Cupler is currently studying mechanical engineering at Saint Petersburg College.

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