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  • There is a 8mm or 10mm plug on the back of the transmission (underneath the car) When you pull that plug if fluid comes out then it it full. If not you add fluid until it just barely comes out that hole and then the transmission is full.
  • Now you add fluid from the top of the transmission. You have to look way down in the engine bay on top of the transmission for a red or black cap. It may say "do not open" or "open by a technician only." Take and pull that cap off and this is the fill spout for the transmission. It's a fill only, not a check. Add from this spout until it comes out that little plug on the back of the transmission.
  • You will hear people call this a "sealed" transmission of "non-serviceable." Now you can tell them rubbish lol.
  • To check the condition you can look to see if it is getting black or smells burnt. After 50,000 miles the fluid needs flushed and after 100,000 miles you need to change the filter and gasket for the transmission.
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You can check oil level of your 2004 Chevrolet Malibu as described below.

If the engine is the 2.2L Ecotec 4 cylinder engine it uses a canister filter (Fram # PH9018 I believe) under a black cap that is located on top of the engine on the front driver side. If you have a plastic ecotec cover on the engine you will need to remove it by pulling on it to release the clips. You should then see the cap in the described location. Use a 1 1/4" wrench/ratchet to remove the cap. (pull off the cap off before you replace the oil plug otherwise you won't remove a lot of the oil). Pull the old filter off the cap and clip the new one on and replace the gasket on the cap. Put new oil on the gasket and screw the cap back into the engine. Then put the oil plug back in the engine. Then add oil.
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Warm up car LEAve running,MOVE shifter thruogh all gear selections.Check fluid by wiping off dipstick with clean rag,reinsert dipstick,wait a few seconds before withdrawing dipstick.withdrawl dipstick & check level ,smell dipstick if it smells burntreplace fluid & service trans with new fluid & filter Also if you see any metal on dipstick your trans will need to be rebuilt soon

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