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Old 01-25-2011, 11:39 AM   #1
 
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transmission fluid level

2007 lt hhr....how do i know if the transmission fluid level is correct? i changed the fluid by dropping the pan, changed filter and refilled.....the amount i refilled was determined by the amount i drained. i measured that amount to be about 7 1/2 quarts so i refilled it with 7 1/2 quarts. the question is.......how do i know what the level is supposed to be....by sight thru the fill or by measuring ? how ??? anyone know ???
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Checking the Transmission Fluid
# It is important to check the fluid level only after the fluid has circulated throughout the transmission by shifting through the gears. Failing to allow the fluid to circulate will result in a false fluid level reading. Turn the engine on and shift through each of the transmission's gears with the brake pedal depressed and the parking brake applied. The car should be allowed to idle in each gear position for approximately five seconds. Turn the engine off, then climb underneath the passenger's side of the vehicle. A small plug is located on the passenger's side of the transmission. Remove this plug with a wrench. Turn the engine on and observe whether any fluid drips out of the transmission plug's opening. If fluid does begin to drip from the plug opening, the transmission does not require additional fluid. Turn the engine off and install the transmission plug.

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Wonder how much it really costs to install a dip stick to check Tranmsission fluid levels? I sure don't see the current method for checking fluid levels as an improvement!
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Checking the Transmission Fluid
# It is important to check the fluid level only after the fluid has circulated throughout the transmission by shifting through the gears. Failing to allow the fluid to circulate will result in a false fluid level reading. Turn the engine on and shift through each of the transmission's gears with the brake pedal depressed and the parking brake applied. The car should be allowed to idle in each gear position for approximately five seconds. Turn the engine off, then climb underneath the passenger's side of the vehicle. A small plug is located on the passenger's side of the transmission. Remove this plug with a wrench. Turn the engine on and observe whether any fluid drips out of the transmission plug's opening. If fluid does begin to drip from the plug opening, the transmission does not require additional fluid. Turn the engine off and install the transmission plug.

Read more: How Do I Check the Transmission Fluid on a Chevy HHR? | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/way_5988488_do-t...#ixzz1C4Utmqto
Mind you I have not done this myself I am only repeating what other threads have said. DO NOT follow the above directions. They will get you a good amount of hot fluid in the face.

My understanding is the engine should not be turned off at all when checking the level. As once the engine is turned off the transmission fluid drains from above the check level hole and will come out. Only remove the plug with the engine running and replace plug before turning off the engine.
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Mind you I have not done this myself I am only repeating what other threads have said. DO NOT follow the above directions. They will get you a good amount of hot fluid in the face.

My understanding is the engine should not be turned off at all when checking the level. As once the engine is turned off the transmission fluid drains from above the check level hole and will come out. Only remove the plug with the engine running and replace plug before turning off the engine.
This is correct. There isn't any need to check though unless you have changed the fluid or find evidence of a leak.
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Dumb..it should just have a dipstick. Just goes to show that cars are more and more disposable....
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