how do you check the auto trans level in these 2.2s
Not true. The condition of the fluid completely depends on driving style and conditions. Because the 4t45 transaxle has no dipstick it’s recommended to have a trans service every 30,000 miles. The car may go 100,000 miles without it but I can virtually guarantee that you'll need a new trans just after the car goes out of warrantee. Remember GM wants you to buy new cars, that’s their business. Shops maintain and fix cars so you won’t have to buy new ones.you don't have to check the level unless you change the fluid, which shouldn't need to be done for at least 100,000 miles.
i check the oil, and if it's ok i'll leave it in for about 5-7k miles. 3k mile oil changes with synthetic oil is a waste of money.LOL, do whatever you want, I'm just saying it won't hurt it, it's inexpensive, and it may save the tranny in the long run. Even if GM says 100k miles, they also say 7.5k for an oil change...do you wait that long also?
Now you're being excessive, 30k mile tranny fluid swaps are a lot cheaper than new spark plugs every 5k miles and fuel filters every 3k miles, get my point?i check the oil, and if it's ok i'll leave it in for about 5-7k miles. 3k mile oil changes with synthetic oil is a waste of money.
of course it won't hurt. let's change our spark plugs every 5,000 miles, and change our fuel filters every 3,000 miles, and air filters every 2 months. that won't hurt either. get my point?
no, i don't get your point. spark plugs are 8 dollars/set lol. i'm saying that both are excessive. there's nothing wrong with being safe, but with a recommended schedule of 100,000, 30 isn't even half that. what you're doing is like changing your oil every 1,000 miles. no, it won't hurt anything, but it's excessive and not necessary. as long as there's no leaks or problems it's just a waste of money.Now you're being excessive, 30k mile tranny fluid swaps are a lot cheaper than new spark plugs every 5k miles and fuel filters every 3k miles, get my point?
why is everyone disagreeing and questioning me? I'm the ONLY one that actually answered this guys question. I told him exactly what he needed to do to check.D4u2s0t, what do you do for a living?...You have a couple mechanics here that are trying to help..Transmission fluid is like any other lubricant, it will lose its properties over time. You could be driving around with 99,000 miles and your tranny fluid is performing at 10% of what it used to...that is bad for the tranny. And yes you prob could wait till 100k....but why? The tranny fluid will start to lose it lubrication properties long before then...Why not keep the fluid at its best..if anything its called Preventive Maintenance. Keep it good now so you don't need to fix anything later. I personally dont care what GM or Haynes says.....I change my oil every 3k, it doesn't take much for oil in an engine to lose its viscosity.
(paraphrased straight from the GM manual)
Start the engine and allow the engine to idle until the transmission fluid temperature has reached at least 105degF. 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.
Remove the fluid vent cap. (red cap on drivers side top of trans)
Raise the vehicle on a hoist(or support on jackstands)
. The vehicle must be level, with the engine running and the shift lever in the PARK range.
Remove the transmission oil level control plug(its a small usually 10mm hex bolt on the right/passenger side of trans, below and in front of the right hand axle.)
Check the fluid level. The fluid level should be even with the bottom of the threaded plug hole.
Add DEXRON®III automatic transmission fluid in increments of 0.5 L (0.5 qt) until the fluid drains from the plug hole.
I highly recommend changin the fluid at 30k miles if youve got a car that has Dexron III or if you beat on the trans no matter what year it is, if youve got a newer(very late o6, 07 and on) 'Balt/G5(or any GM auto) youve got DexronVI and you can hold off till 50 or 75k miles, its much better fluid(and its expensive)
Yes I do know, I rebuild about 2 transmissions a month, I have seen what bad fluid can do. It gets watery and doesn't do its job. I'm not trying argue with you, just don't think I'm talking shit or reposting something...I do this for a living...I know what I'm talking about.D4u2s0t said:do you know for a fact that they lose their effectiveness after x amount of miles? or is that just something that you read that someone else posted, so now you say it too?