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Old 06-14-2010, 11:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Transmisson Fluid dipstick for 07 Forenza

So I have been trying to figure out where the dipstick for the automatic transmission fluid is in my 07 Forenza. I am currently in the process of learning as much as my vechile as I can and either I am reading the manual wrong or I must be missing something. Anyone want to help a girl out? I would really appreciate it as I am a girl who loves her car and rather fix it on her own because the shops charge way to much for something I can do for cheaper. Thanks
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there is no dipstick. its considered a closed transmission. that means it needs no maintenance. that doesnt mean it really doesnt need anything though i think people recommend doing a fluid flush at around 60k. its not so easy though. there is a thread or 2 that tells you how to do it. you need a torx socket set. they kind of look like a star. search the forum you should find the thread
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thanks so much! I really appreciate it! Its been bugging me for a while since I stay on top of my fluids and stuff I didn't want to miss anything. You are a real relief! I will go back and search aroud to see what I can uncover!
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There are two plugs on the transmission. One is on the bottom to drain it. The other is halfway up the side to fill it. To check the level, you remove the side plug and check that the fluid is up to the bottom of the hole. This should be done with the fluid warm, but not too hot. The car needs to be level. It is most easily accomplished with the car on a lift or up on jack stands.

On my '05, the plugs aren't Torx drive. They are an 8mm square drive. I'm not sure where to buy the right wrench. I will be doing a drain and fill soon. I plan to make my own wrench out of a piece of 5/16" key stock.
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There are two plugs on the transmission. One is on the bottom to drain it. The other is halfway up the side to fill it. To check the level, you remove the side plug and check that the fluid is up to the bottom of the hole. This should be done with the fluid warm, but not too hot. The car needs to be level. It is most easily accomplished with the car on a lift or up on jack stands.

On my '05, the plugs aren't Torx drive. They are an 8mm square drive. I'm not sure where to buy the right wrench. I will be doing a drain and fill soon. I plan to make my own wrench out of a piece of 5/16" key stock.
You are talking about a manual transmission gearbox. She has an automatic transmission car.
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No, I am talking about the ZF automatic transmission. It is not considered a closed or sealed unit. It just takes tools to check the level or work on it, rather than simply pulling out a dipstick.

Here is the procedure:

Service Manual2005 MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR

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ah yes thats right sorry it is a square drive. not that it really maters but, the ZF4HP16 AT is considered a sealed transmission
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I'm still not sure why people commonly call a transmission without a dipstick a "sealed" transmission. It's a misnomer. It's not sealed and off limits. The fluid still needs to be checked and serviced. It should be called an inconvenient transmission.

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Replacing that "lifetime*" fluid is a pain in the &?% to do at home. But it can be done....

-Car need to be level: I used ramps, so I also had to lift the rear.
-Need the 8mm square drive, I ground a ratchet extension to the right size and kept it for future use.
-A good fluid pump to refill it after, mine was more like a syringe and leaked most of its fluid in my face unfortunately... I bought what looks more like a pump for next time.
-Fluid level check needs to be done with the engine running, fluid at normal running temp, after using D and R for a few secs. A helper able to cut the engine quickly is a must I think for this.

*I define lifetime as the life of the transmission itself... once past warranty, Chevrolet/Suzuki won't care how much it is...
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thanks so much guys so you are saying yes I can change and check the fluid but its got to be level does parking it in the driveway count? lmbo Also I was wondering if that link also pertains to the '07 model. I will try checking it friday since I will have all day to look under the hood.
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