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    Transmission level check

    So I noticed the 2 transfer lines that connect to the radiator are leaking from the O'Rings but I'm not too worried because it's real minor but what I have to do is figure out checking the trans fluid level and I know they did away with the dip stick so now you have lift the car up and check it via the transmission pan. There are two plugs. One is a drain and then the pan slopes up and then there is anot her plug which i believe is the check/fill plug. Was just wondering what anyone thinks of how to check it properly with out over filling it and checking the current level. I have pictures but I can't post them for some reason

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    NOTE- THERE IS NO DRAIN PLUG IN THIS TRANS>> IT IS A "CHECK" PLUG WITH A FILL PLUG HIGHER UP..

    This procedure checks both the transmission fluid level, as well as the condition of the fluid itself. Since the transmission on this vehicle is not equipped with a fill tube and dipstick, a tube in the bottom pan is used to set the fluid level.


    Caution: The transmission fluid level must be checked when the transmission fluid temperature (TFT) is between 30-50°C (86-122°F). If the TFT is not within this range, operate the vehicle or allow the fluid to cool as required. Setting the fluid level with a TFT outside this range will result in either an under or over-filled transmission. TFT>50°C=under-filled, TFT<30°C=over-filled. An under-filled transmission will cause premature component wear or damage. An over-filled transmission will cause fluid to discharge out the vent tube, fluid foaming, or pump cavitation.

    Observe the TFT using the driver information center (DIC) or a scan tool.
    Start and idle the engine.
    Depress the brake pedal and move the shift lever through each gear range. Pause for at least 3 seconds in each range. Move the shift lever back to PARK. Ensure the engine RPM is low (500-800 RPM).
    Allow the engine to idle for at least 1 minute.
    Raise the vehicle on a hoist. The vehicle must be level, with the engine running and the shift lever in the PARK range.



    Caution: THE ENGINE MUST BE RUNNING when the trans oil level check plug is removed or excessive fluid loss will occur, resulting in an under-filled condition. An under-filled transmission will cause premature component wear or damage.

    Note: Continue to monitor the TFT. If the TFT is not within the specified values, reinstall the trans oil level check plug and repeat the previous steps.

    Remove the trans oil level check plug (1) from the transmission fluid pan. Allow any fluid (2) to drain.

    • If the fluid is flowing as a steady stream, wait until the fluid begins to drip.

    • If no fluid comes out, add fluid until fluid drips out.


    Replace the trans oil level check plug and tighten to 25 N·m (18 lb ft).
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    Also going to add use the correct trans fluid. Some will claim that the universal is ok. I disagree. I say use the fluid it calls for. Most new GM cars will use Dex VI (6). Any name brand.
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