Mechanics

CHECKING/ADDING TRANSMISSION FLUID

2004 Saturn Ion

Transmission problem
2004 Saturn Ion 4 cyl Automatic 97151 miles

My 2004 Saturn Ion does not have a trans fluid dipstick when checking the fluid level. Is there a way to check for the fluid level, or maybe a fill plug somewhere? If so, where would I find either of these?
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Shaun320
October 20, 2010.




Do you have the sedan or the quad coupe?Let me know so I can get you the correct info.
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Saturntech9
Oct 20, 2010.
It's a 4 door sedan, automatic

Tiny
Shaun320
Oct 20, 2010.
There is a dipstick on that transmission it's between the radiator and transmission down low it's yellow and held in with a 12mm bolt.

Saturntech9
Oct 20, 2010.
I have the quad coupe. I have been told that the transmission is sealed. But they suggest I have it flushed. Is there some special way of doing this? Or even a way of checking fluid levels? The quotes I have gotten for a flush are very expensive.

Tiny
Jmasaturn
Jun 15, 2011.
How many miles do you have on the car?You change the fluid every 50,000 miles I wouldn't flush it just have it changed. The fluid is expensive for that car and it also takes a additive with fluid which is expensive also. As far as checking the fluid unless you have a leak and are loosing a good deal of fluid there really is no need for that. There is no dipstick there is just a level hole it's a little complicated to check the level also.

Saturntech9
Jun 15, 2011.
I just turned over 60,000 miles on it. I am not having any issues with it. For me, it's a really good car. No issues. Just put 800 miles on it this last week! Thanks for the advice.I will call around and check prices.

Tiny
Jmasaturn
Jun 15, 2011.
If you have that mileage and its never been changed then you need to change it. Also make sure you take it somewhere that they know that transmission its different then most transmissions and has different changing and filling procedures. Its really important its done right and with the correct fluid.I would get the fluid and the additive from the dealer.

Saturntech9
Jun 15, 2011.
Thank you. I will.

Tiny
Jmasaturn
Jun 15, 2011.
Your welcome thats what were here for.

Saturntech9
Jun 16, 2011.

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