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Old 05-16-2011, 10:27 PM   #15
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ive noticed alot more dealers have started doing this to the new cars...... i dont care what anyone says thats like the hole noncheck battery... never needing to check on the water..... what? why by a battery that u cant make last for a while..... so i would replace the tranny fluid anyways.... off topic lol i know
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Old 05-16-2011, 10:32 PM   #16
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What kind of fluid never needs replacing??
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Old 06-11-2011, 09:37 PM   #17
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They are sealed transmissions. With the synthetic fluid they use, and the low temperatures the fluid sees, they tranny's are good for life. You should never have to worry about it unless you are an everyday racer. They don't want you to check something that needs no maintenance.
The transmission fluid IMO does need to be changed. I have always changed my trans fluid and filter in all my car. I do not care what the OEM says. I use to be a mechanic and will always change my fluids. With the newer fluids you do not have to change your fluid as often as you use to.

I am going to buy a Lokar dipstick and get it installed.

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Old 07-07-2011, 07:56 PM   #18
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Just ordered a kit. At least I can check the fluid.

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Old 07-07-2011, 10:58 PM   #19
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Ok. Even having the dang part number I couldn't find the dip stick kit. Link?
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Old 07-08-2011, 04:00 AM   #20
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Lack of a transmission fluid dipstick has been going on for a while. My 98 Malibu didn't have one either.
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Old 07-08-2011, 04:49 AM   #21
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My car may have been altered!?!?!?!

IT HAS TWO DIPSTICKS!

(if you count me)

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Old 07-08-2011, 08:17 AM   #22
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does this count for the v6 as well?
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Old 07-08-2011, 09:45 AM   #23
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If your tranny isn't leaking, the level does not need to be checked.
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Old 07-08-2011, 09:59 AM   #24
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Ok. Even having the dang part number I couldn't find the dip stick kit. Link?
Sorry, I had the part # wrong in my original post (fixed it). Here is the correct part # TD-36L80FM.

Install the dipstick so you have a reference for the fluid level before doing anything else to the tranny and remember to be at normal operating temp too.
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Old 07-08-2011, 10:02 AM   #25
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does what count for the V6 as well? Checking your oil level at each fill up? Yes, you should do that with all of your cars.
he/she is referring to tranny dipstick, and I have not yet looked, either....
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Old 07-08-2011, 10:40 AM   #26
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It's just another way for "The Man" to get another charge out of the customer when they come in for service.

"That'll be $35.00 sir."
"For what?"
"We ran diagnostics on your transmission and we found that there definitely is fluid in it."
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Old 07-08-2011, 03:00 PM   #27
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Sure it has a dipstick. Keep looking. hee,hee,hee. That should keep him busy for a while, also he will be saving gas while he is looking.
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Old 07-11-2011, 02:37 PM   #28
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I have one of these coming: LOKAR GM 6L80E/6L90E TRANS DIPSTICK TD-36L80FM. I am not sure where I am going to mount it yet. ANyone installed one yet?

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