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How do I check the automatic transmission fluid on a 2002 Cavalier

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How do I check the automatic transmission fluid on a 2002 Cavalier
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Chevy
Expert:  Travis replied 8 years ago.
  • Start the engine and allow the engine to idle until the transmission fluid temperature has reached the value specified. At least 40°C (104°F)
  • Depress the brake pedal and move the shift lever through the gear ranges, pausing a few seconds in each range. Return the shift lever to the PARK range.
  • Raise the vehicle on a hoist. The vehicle must be level with the engine running and the shift lever in the PARK range.


  • Caution: The engine must be running when the transmission fluid fill plug is removed, or excessive fluid loss will occur. Transmission fluid may be hot. Since the actual fluid level is unknown, stand clear when removing the fill plug. Have a container ready to capture any lost fluid. Do not turn the engine off with the fill plug removed, as you can be injured by hot transmission fluid being expelled out of the oil fill opening.



  • Remove the transmission plug.
  • If needed, add DEXRON®III automatic transmission fluid in increments of 0.5 L (0.5 qt) until the fluid drains from the threaded plug hole.


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