How to Check the Transmission Fluid on Chevrolet Cars

by Contributing Writer; Updated June 12, 2017

Chevrolet car makes cars, SUVs, trucks, vans, and hatchbacks. One of the SUV models that Chevrolet car makes is the Chevrolet car. Chevrolet car are affectionately known as Chevrolet car. Like any other motorized vehicle, the Chevrolet car has a transmission, and just like with any transmission the fluid needs to be checked on a regular basis. Without enough fluid for the transmission it cannot work properly with your engine and you can end up destroying not only the transmission, but the engine of the Chevrolet car as well.

Under The Hood:

 How to Check the Transmission Fluid on a 2006 HHR

Drive your HHR for about 15 minutes before checking the transmission fluid. You will not get an accurate result if you try to check the transmission when the engine is cold.

Pull the vehicle into an oil-change bay or pick it up with a hydraulic lift. If you use a lift, make sure the platform is positioned solidly under the frame of the car.

Climb into the oil change bay or under the HHR. Find the transmission at the front of the vehicle. Find the plug that reads "Check." (There is a plug beside it that reads "Drain." Do not remove this plug.) Place an oil change pan under the plug. Use an adjustable wrench to remove the "Check" plug.

Watch the transmission fluid flow from the "Check" plug opening. If no fluid comes out, the transmission fluid level is low. If there is a steady stream, the transmission is too full. You should have a steady drip of transmission fluid coming from the hole. Replace the plug.

Items you will need

  • Hydraulic lift or access to an oil change bay

  • Adjustable wrench

  • Oil drip pan

 How to Check the Transmission Fluid on a 2002 Impala

Park the Impala on level ground. Keep the engine running. Apply the parking brake.

Place your foot on the brake. Move the shift lever through each gear, pausing for about three seconds on each. Shift into park.

Open the hood. Idle the engine for five minutes.

Pull out the transmission fluid dipstick. It's near the rear of the engine, toward the center. The end of the dipstick is a red loop.

Wipe the dipstick with a clean rag or paper towel.

Replace the dipstick and wait three seconds.

Pull out the dipstick.

Inspect the end of the dipstick to see the fluid level. The fluid level should be within the cross-hatched area. If it is below this area, fluid must be added.

 How to Check the Transmission Fluid in a 2001 Tahoe

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.

Items you will need

  • Clean, lint-free cloth

  • Dexron-III transmission fluid (amount varies)

 How Do I Check the Transmission Fluid on a Chevy HHR?

Park your HHR somewhere it's safe to jack it up and chock the rear wheels. Remove the wheel center-cap and cap nuts, using a ratchet and socket, if applicable. Using a tire tool, loosen the lug nuts on the driver-side front wheel one turn.

Raise the front of the vehicle one side at a time, using a jack under the pinch-weld jacking points located just to the rear of the front wheel wells, then finish removing the lug nuts and wheel assembly. Support the vehicle on jack stands placed under strong structures, such as the frame members, then raise and support the rear of the HHR. Ensure that the vehicle is level, and allow the transaxle to cool completely.

Don safety glasses or goggles. Locate the transmission fill plug at the 3 o'clock position on the driver-side of the transmission, and position a catch pan beneath it. Using a ratchet and socket, remove the plug. Inspect the fluid level through the hole, and add Dexron VI transmission fluid as necessary until the fluid is visible at the bottom of the threads in the fill hole. Install the plug and, using a foot-pound torque wrench and socket, torque the plug to 28 foot-pounds.

Use the wire brush to clean the threads on the lugs. Remove any rust scale or other detritus from the face of the hub, using the wire brush. Install the wheel assembly and snug the lug nuts as much as possible. Lower the vehicle to the ground. Torque the lug nuts to 100 foot-pounds in three stages, in a cross-pattern, using a foot-pound torque wrench and socket. Give it a short test drive and check for leaks.

Items you will need

  • Wheel chocks

  • Tire tool

  • Jack

  • 4 jack stands

  • Catch pan

  • Safety glasses or goggles

  • Ratchet

  • Socket set

  • Dexron VI, part No. 88861003

  • Foot-pound torque wrench

  • Wire brush

 How to Check Transmission Fluid on a Chevy Blazer

Open the hood of the Chevy Blazer.

Look for the dipstick. It is located right around the engine, typically in the front of the engine or behind it.

Turn the Blazer on for 15 minutes.

Turn the Blazer off and wait 5 minutes.

Pull the dipstick out of the chamber.

Wipe it clean with the shop rag or dirty cloth.

Stick it back into the chamber.

Pull it out and look on the end of the dipstick. The level of transmission fluid should fall between "FULL" and "FILL." If it is above the "FULL" line, it is fine. If it is on or below the "FILL" line, add transmission fluid.

Items you will need

  • Shop rag or old piece of cloth, lint free

 How to Check the Transmission Fluid in a Chevy Malibu

Drive the Malibu for 10 minutes then place it in park on level ground. It's important to drive the vehicle first in order to check the transmission fluid while at operating temperature. This will ensure the most accurate reading.

Pop open the hood of the Malibu using the hood release lever located on the driver's side of the vehicle, under the steering wheel. Locate the automatic transmission fluid dipstick, labeled "ATF." On the Malibu you will find the ATF on the driver's side of the vehicle.

Pull the dipstick out of the container and wipe it clean with a rag. Reinsert the dipstick completely then remove it again. Read the measurement on the dipstick. The fluid should be between the "Full" and "Add" marks. If the fluid is below or at the "Add" marking, add fluid immediately to avoid damage to your vehicle.

Items you will need

  • Shop rag

 How to Check the Transmission Fluid in a Geo Tracker

Start your Geo Tracker and drive around for a bit. Shoot for about 10 miles or 20 minutes of driving time, whichever comes first. If possible, take the car to a highway or high-speed road so that you can run it through all the gears.

Park on the most level ground you can find, leave the engine running, pop the hood and prop up the hood with the support arm.

Locate the transmission fluid dipstick, which is at the back of the engine block, in the middle of the engine. If you're not sure what you're looking for, it is either a round plastic ring or a T-shaped plastic handle, and it may even be labeled "TRANS." Dipstick design varies among model years, and your Tracker may even have an after-market dipstick, so there is no one design type you should expect to see if you've never done this before. If necessary, refer to your owner's manual for an under-hood diagram.

Pull out the dipstick and wipe it clean with a rag, then reinsert it. Make sure it's in all the way, then pull it out and look at the end. There should be separate fill lines for a warm or cold engine, so look for the lines marked "warm." If the fluid level is at the full line, your level is fine. If it is closer to the end of the dipstick, you need to add fluid.

Look at the color of the fluid and see if it has a strong odor. Dirty fluid will be dark brown or black and will smell burnt.

Items you will need

  • Rag or paper towel

 How to Check the Transmission Fluid in a Chevy Cavalier

Drive the vehicle for 5 to 10 minutes to warm up the transmission fluid. This will expand the fluid and give you a proper reading. Park the vehicle on a flat paved or concrete surface. Shift through all the gears with your foot on the brake and hold in each position for 3 seconds. Place the vehicle in "Park" and leave running on idle. Apply the parking brake.

Pop the hood and locate the transmission fill cap on the lower left-hand side (driver's side) on the center of side of the engine. It's a red cap; should be able to see it from the front left of the vehicle or standing near the left front fender. Remove the cap and place the long narrow-necked funnel into the transmission fill hole just in case you need to add fluid. Chances are, unless you have a leak, you won't need to add fluid, but if you do it will be easier placing the funnel in now before the vehicle is elevated.

Raise the vehicle. 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. 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. 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.

Crawl under vehicle using a creeper if you have one, and locate the bottom of the transmission. It is fairly centered. On the right side (passenger side) of the transmission a few inches from the bottom is a small plug bolt. Place a drain bucket below the plug. Loosen the plug bolt and remove using a hand wrench or ratchet and socket. If fluid starts to come out when you remove the plug, allow it to trickle until it stops. If no fluid comes out, crawl from under the vehicle and add the proper amount of transmission fluid into the funnel until you see it trickle out of the fluid check hole. Add just a little bit at a time and check to see if and when it begins to trickle out. 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.

Lower the vehicle one axle at a time, remove the funnel, replace the transmission fill cap, release the parking brake and turn the vehicle off.

Items you will need

  • Floor jack and 4 jack stands Long narrow-necked funnel (optional) 1- or 2-qt. transmission filter Small hand wrenches or 3/8-inch ratchet and sockets Drain bucket Creeper (optional) Shop rag

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