Transmission

Tiny
ROXANNE CHAVEZ-RUBIO
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  • 2004 SATURN ION
  • 2.2L
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 196,000 MILES
I just need to find out where to put the transmission fluid in at.
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Sunday, April 16th, 2017 AT 1:30 PM

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Tiny
CARADIODOC
  • EXPERT
What kid of problem are you trying to solve?

The engineers have turned this into a major operation that can not be done by the car owner. Fluid is added through the gauge tube from underneath.
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Monday, April 17th, 2017 AT 6:12 PM
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LESLIE GAEBEL
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If there is no dip stick than you can not add it yourself. The transmission is sealed. I too have an 04 Ion and you have to take it somewhere to get it changed.
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Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 AT 3:43 PM
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KEN
  • ADMIN
Hello,

I have found what the manual says about transmission drain and fill with diagrams (BELOW)

Raise and support the vehicle. Refer to Vehicle Lifting.
Remove the drain plug (819) from the transmission. Allow the fluid to completely drain.
Remove the gasket (820) from the drain plug (819) and discard.
Install the new gasket (820) on the drain plug (819).
Install the drain plug into the transmission.
Notice: Refer to Fastener Notice in Service Precautions. See: Service Precautions

Tighten the drain plug to 40 Nm (30 ft. Lbs.).
Lower the vehicle.
Important: Do not attempt to remove the 3rd gear anchor band bolt, located on top of the transmission. Removing the bolt will dislocate the internal components, resulting in removal and disassembly of the transmission.

Remove the transmission level gauge bolt (1) and gage (2).
Important: Do not use ATF (P/N 21005966 or P/N 21019223). These fluids are not compatible with this transmission.

Add approximately 3.1 Liters (3.3 Qt) of Saturn T-IV fluid (P/N 22689186) through the transmission level gauge tube.
With the vehicle on a flat level surface, start the engine and operate until the transmission fluid temperature reaches 60-70 C (140-158 F).
Apply the parking brake.
Depress the brake pedal and move the shift lever slowly through all gear ranges, pausing approximately 3 seconds in each range.
Return the shift lever to the park position.
Important: Make sure the fill level tube is clean and free of debris.

Push the transmission level gauge into the level gauge tube until fully seated.
Pull the transmission level gauge from the transmission in order to check the proper fluid level on the gauge.
If the fluid is not within the proper range, adjust as necessary.
When complete, install the transmission level gauge bolt (1).

Please let us know what happens. I am curious ;)

Cheers, Ken
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Friday, May 26th, 2017 AT 6:17 PM

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