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#1 Jul 28, 2008
I have a 2001 cavalier that i just purchased and spent an hour looking for the dip stick to check the transmission fluid but I cannot find it anywhere! Help. I see the red cap for filling transmission fluid but there is no dipstick on that part? Thank-you
Sarah

New York, NY

#2 Aug 22, 2008
Welcome to my world "02 Cavalier" Same problem apprently Chevy thinks we should use our psychic abilities to determine how much transmition fluid we have!
Jorge Zavala

Tijuana, Mexico

#3 Feb 25, 2009
Sarah wrote:
Welcome to my world "02 Cavalier" Same problem apprently Chevy thinks we should use our psychic abilities to determine how much transmition fluid we have!
I found in the owner manual that they required that
take the car to the dealer. for inspection, nice.

“chevy cavalier owner”

Since: Jan 09

sacramento

#4 Mar 2, 2009
you have to go under the trans pan and unplug the check plug. not the drain plug, but the check plug. if you see fluid coming out, overfilled, none, add until fluid comes out. also see if fluid looks dark brown, bad, or red, good. go by smell as well. do yourself a favor and get a haynes repair manual, it can tell you anything.
Mark

Miamisburg, OH

#5 Mar 9, 2009
How many quarts of trans fluid should a 2003 chevy cavalier hold? I only got 1 and a half in then in started coming out the fill plug. Which indicates it is full. But 1 and a half quarts doesn't seem like much.

“chevy cavalier owner”

Since: Jan 09

sacramento

#6 Mar 10, 2009
Mark wrote:
How many quarts of trans fluid should a 2003 chevy cavalier hold? I only got 1 and a half in then in started coming out the fill plug. Which indicates it is full. But 1 and a half quarts doesn't seem like much.
automatic-7to9qts. manual-1.8qts. it is supposed to trickle out the check plug.
Linda

Crescent City, CA

#7 Apr 18, 2009
Sarah wrote:
Welcome to my world "02 Cavalier" Same problem apprently Chevy thinks we should use our psychic abilities to determine how much transmition fluid we have!
My psychic abilities told me to check online and I found to awesome site the you and everyone post on. thank you for the laughs and the help, the whole drain plug check plug thing is what saved me.
Brian

Ocala, FL

#8 Aug 7, 2011
Yea...It trickled out of the drain plug, but the my check engine light came on an the car wouldn't go anywhere. I put about 7 more quarts in and everything is fine!!
John H

Annapolis, MD

#9 Sep 26, 2011
jason steele wrote:
you have to go under the trans pan and unplug the check plug. not the drain plug, but the check plug. if you see fluid coming out, overfilled, none, add until fluid comes out. also see if fluid looks dark brown, bad, or red, good. go by smell as well. do yourself a favor and get a haynes repair manual, it can tell you anything.
Should the fluid be warm(car driven short distance 15 minutes or cold
sitting all night to the next day. This is the only thing that confuses me cus I knoow bout the level with the bolt taken out.
John H

Annapolis, MD

#10 Sep 26, 2011
Should the trans fluid be cold or warm? Should I drive the car before I check the fluid? I understand
about taking the bolt out and looking for the fluid
coming out but I don't understand whether the car should have been driven or not. I have checked it both ways which is the most accurate?
John H

Annapolis, MD

#11 Oct 4, 2011
Does anyone know the proper way to check atf on 2001 caviler? I have been driving it for 15 minutes some around town and then some highway is this correct and then home flat street to check. I then shut the car off and take the bolt out and see what comes out. The last time I did it a small amount came out. If anyone knows for sure please let me know.
John
Don

Gainesville, FL

#12 Oct 30, 2011
Just bought a 2001 Cavalier for my daughter and was wondering the same thing. I have never seen a car with no dipstick on an AUTOMATIC?

Talked with a friend today that is a GM certified mechanic and he told me to remove the red fill cap on top of the transmission left side of car ( sort of under the air filter ) and there is a plug bolt ( I believe it is a 7/16 size ) on the right side of the transmission housing near the RIGHT axle that needs to be removed ( that is the filled level hole ) with the car RUNNING ( verified this to be sure ) add Dextron fluid until it runs out the filled level hole. Put the plug back in and red cap back on and you are good to go. Hope this helps out - I am doing this tomorrow myself.

WHOEVER DESIGNED THIS NEEDS A SERIOUS ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT!
Dave

Cedar Bluff, VA

#15 Apr 9, 2014
Don wrote:
Just bought a 2001 Cavalier for my daughter and was wondering the same thing. I have never seen a car with no dipstick on an AUTOMATIC?
Talked with a friend today that is a GM certified mechanic and he told me to remove the red fill cap on top of the transmission left side of car ( sort of under the air filter ) and there is a plug bolt ( I believe it is a 7/16 size ) on the right side of the transmission housing near the RIGHT axle that needs to be removed ( that is the filled level hole ) with the car RUNNING ( verified this to be sure ) add Dextron fluid until it runs out the filled level hole. Put the plug back in and red cap back on and you are good to go. Hope this helps out - I am doing this tomorrow myself.
WHOEVER DESIGNED THIS NEEDS A SERIOUS ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT!
I have a 2001 Cavi coupe, and I agree with you completely. It was probably the same brainless committee that designed the car so that in order to change the oil, you have to turn the wheels all the way to the left, jack up the car, remove the passenger side front wheel, and open a tiny access flap on the wheel well just to replace the oil filter... That's lovely and all, but my hands are so big, they won't fit through that little access flap, so I physically can't change my own oil on that car. I hate it!
James Billet

Anderson, SC

#16 Jun 7, 2014
Sarah wrote:
Welcome to my world "02 Cavalier" Same problem apprently Chevy thinks we should use our psychic abilities to determine how much transmition fluid we have!
Sarah, There is an 11mm bolt protruding from tranmission drivers side. Once unscrewed completely fluid should come out once it has enough fluid and is full. It takes approximately 7 quarts of fluid once the fluid and filter is changed. Hope this helps.
James Billet

Anderson, SC

#17 Jun 7, 2014
Don wrote:
Just bought a 2001 Cavalier for my daughter and was wondering the same thing. I have never seen a car with no dipstick on an AUTOMATIC?
Talked with a friend today that is a GM certified mechanic and he told me to remove the red fill cap on top of the transmission left side of car ( sort of under the air filter ) and there is a plug bolt ( I believe it is a 7/16 size ) on the right side of the transmission housing near the RIGHT axle that needs to be removed ( that is the filled level hole ) with the car RUNNING ( verified this to be sure ) add Dextron fluid until it runs out the filled level hole. Put the plug back in and red cap back on and you are good to go. Hope this helps out - I am doing this tomorrow myself.
WHOEVER DESIGNED THIS NEEDS A SERIOUS ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT!
Thank you Don, I dont know if they need a serious attitude adjustment or should lay off the crack or smoke. LOL LOL
Shane

Hayward, CA

#18 Jun 28, 2015
John H wrote:
Does anyone know the proper way to check atf on 2001 caviler? I have been driving it for 15 minutes some around town and then some highway is this correct and then home flat street to check. I then shut the car off and take the bolt out and see what comes out. The last time I did it a small amount came out. If anyone knows for sure please let me know.
John
It doesn't matter if warm or cold just remove the plug located half way down the trans, also remove the red film hole plug on top. Fill up until it begins to come out then it's full.

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