2005 Chevrolet Equinox

Transmission problem
2005 Chevy Equinox 6 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 92500 miles

I see where the dipstick is but there is a lot of wires and other obsticales blocking it. The only thing I can think of is putting a jack underneath the transmission and removing the transmission mount. My question is will this work and not damage the the tranny? Is there an easier way? My car has the 3.4L
September 17, 2010.

Hi chasjernigan, Welcome to 2carpros and TY for the donation



Raise and support the vehicle.

Remove the drain plug and drain fluid. Allow at least 5 minutes for the fluid to drain completely.
Remove the gasket from the drain plug and discard.

Install the new gasket on the drain plug.
NOTICE: Refer to Component Fastener Tightening Notice in Cautions and Notices.

Install the drain plug.
Drain plug to 40 Nm (30 lb ft)

Make sure vehicle is level.
IMPORTANT: Dexron III automatic transmission fluid is NOT compatible with this transaxle. If Dexron III ATF is used, transaxle failure will result. This transaxle uses GM T-IV fluid P/N 88900925.

Remove the fluid level indicator located behind the front transaxle mount.
NOTICE: Do not remove the 3rd gear anchor band bolt located on top of the transmission for checking fluid or adding fluid. Removing the bolt will dislocate internal components and require the transmission to be removed from the vehicle and disassembled for repair.

Add approximately 3.1L (3.3 quart) of GM T-IV fluid to the transaxle, using the fluid level indicator location.
IMPORTANT: If the check is necessary at a low oil temperature of 30 °-40 °C (86 °-104 °F), perform check using the "COLD" range on the level gage. However, the fluid must be re-checked at the proper fluid temperature.

Start engine and operate vehicle until transaxle fluid temperature reaches 60 °-70 °C (140 °-158 °F).
Apply parking brake.
Depress brake pedal and move shift lever slowly through all gear ranges from park (P) to low (liter), pausing for about 3 seconds in each range. Return shift lever to park (P) range at idle condition.
Pull level gauge out again and check if fluid level is within the "HOT" range.
If fluid is not within the correct level, adjust accordingly:
If fluid is below the "HOT" range, add enough to bring it up to the correct level.
If fluid is above "HOT" range, drain excess fluid.
Install the fluid level indicator.

Sep 18, 2010.
The question asked was what is the easiest way to access the dipstick. It is not on top like the oil stick is. There is a lot of stff in the way and asked if I put a jack under the oil pan for support then remove the tranny support mount cauce that is in the way.

Sep 18, 2010.
What I gave you is the procedures out of Alldata auto references and other pertinent info that you might not be aware of-as far as getting to it fast-you need to figure it out, its possibly you can do what you had in mind by removing the mounts or just remove the drain plug and use a long funnel to the dip stick by removing obstacles out of the way-sorry I cannot provide the easy way out-If you're not satisfied request your money to be refunded-

Sep 18, 2010.