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How do you check the tranny oil on a 2008 Chevy Equinox?

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How do you check the tranny oil on a 2008 Chevy Equinox?
Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Chevy
Expert:  GM Tech (Cam) replied 9 years ago.
WelcomeCustomer There are 2 choices of trans axles in your Equinox, and both have different procedures for checking the fluid level. If you post the last 8 digits of your VIN, I can determine which transmission you have and send you the proper instructions.
Customer: replied 9 years ago.

Here are the last eight digits from the VIN: 86298459

The Equinox is an all wheel drive, 3.4 litre 5 speed tranny.

Expert:  GM Tech (Cam) replied 9 years ago.

Thank you. You have an AF33-5 transmission. The fluid is checked by removing one bolt on the front, #1 in the picture and using the indicator #2. This is located on the front of the transmission near the center close tot he radiator.

  • Remove the fluid level indicator located behind the front transaxle mount.Object Number:(NNN) NNN-NNNN Size: SH
  • 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.

    Important: Dexron®III automatic transmission fluid is not compatible with this transaxle. If Dexron®III ATF is used, transaxle failure will result. Use only

    Transmission Fluid

    Automatic Transmission Fluid - Type T-IV

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    Add approximately 4.06 L (4.29 qt) 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 (L), 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:
    10.1. If fluid is below the HOT range, add enough to bring it up to the correct level.
    10.2. If fluid is above HOT range, drain excess fluid.
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