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    My Cavalier has been leaking transmission fluid from the filter for a little while now. My husband would like to fix it today but I can't find anywhere how much transmission fluid an '03 Cavalier takes--he's going to drain it while working on the car. I would appreciate any help. Thanks in advance.

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    Re: 2003 Cavalier transmission fluid...

    Quote Originally Posted by bluecherry View Post
    My Cavalier has been leaking transmission fluid from the filter for a little while now. My husband would like to fix it today but I can't find anywhere how much transmission fluid an '03 Cavalier takes--he's going to drain it while working on the car. I would appreciate any help. Thanks in advance.

    There's not really a spec. It depends on how long it drains for. You basically just put fluid in until it is at the correct level. I believe the 4T40 that may be in your Cavalier has a plug you must remove to set the level.

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    Re: 2003 Cavalier transmission fluid...

    Here you go, GM has it online:
    Fluid Capacity (Approximate):
    Bottom Pan Removal: 7.0L (7.4 qt)
    Complete Overhaul:
    10.0L (10.6 qt)
    Dry: 12.5L (13.2 qt)

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    Re: 2003 Cavalier transmission fluid...

    I have always wondered that myself. My 00 Grand Am's manual just tells me there is no need to service until 100k.

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    Re: 2003 Cavalier transmission fluid...

    Quote Originally Posted by 01cavalier View Post
    Here you go, GM has it online:
    Fluid Capacity (Approximate):
    Bottom Pan Removal: 7.0L (7.4 qt)
    Take this only as a guideline though. It all depends on how long the pan is off. That can change by a couple of quarts either way. The torque converter will slowly drain continuously.
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    Re: 2003 Cavalier transmission fluid...

    on the newer transmissions alot of them dont have an actual dipstick to check the level. you just take a rough estimate from GM, which for pan removal should be like 8 quarts or whatever was listed above, whatever specs are, then there is a plug on the side of the trans, by the right halfshaft, should be an 11mm, start the car and let it run, remove the plug and fill up the fluid until it comes out of the plug hole. to fill the transmission, there is a fill cap on the topside of the trans, located by the air filter, on top of the trans. should be red in color.
    There are no stupid questions, just stupid people.

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