CHECKING/ADDING TRANSMISSION FLUID

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  • shaun320
  • 2004 Saturn Ion

My car is a four cylinder, automatic with 97,151 miles. It does not have a transmission fluid dipstick for 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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Wednesday, October 20th, 2010 AT 2:34 PM

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  • saturntech9
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Do you have the sedan or the quad coupe? Let me know so I can get you the correct information.

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Wednesday, October 20th, 2010 AT 2:45 PM
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It is a four door sedan with an automatic transmission.

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Wednesday, October 20th, 2010 AT 2:48 PM
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There is a dipstick on that transmission it is between the radiator and transmission down low, it is yellow and held in with a 12 mm bolt.

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Wednesday, October 20th, 2010 AT 4:25 PM
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I have the quad coupe. I have been told that the transmission is sealed and they suggested 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.

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Wednesday, June 15th, 2011 AT 10:42 PM
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How many miles do you have on the car? You change the fluid every 50,000 miles I would not flush it just have it changed. The fluid is expensive for that car and it also takes an additive with fluid which is also expensive. 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 and it is a little complicated to check the level.

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Wednesday, June 15th, 2011 AT 11:20 PM
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I just turned over 60,000 miles on it. I am not having any issues with it. For me, it is a really good car. No issues. I just put 800 miles on it this last week. Thanks for the advice. I will call around and check prices.

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Wednesday, June 15th, 2011 AT 11:29 PM
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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 the transmission its different from most transmissions and has a different changing and filling procedures. It is really important it is done right and with the correct fluid. I would get the fluid and the additive from the dealer.

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Wednesday, June 15th, 2011 AT 11:36 PM
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Thank you. I will.

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Wednesday, June 15th, 2011 AT 11:47 PM
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You are welcome, that is what were here for.

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