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Old 05-17-2007, 01:53 PM
 
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Default How do we Check and change tansmission fluid for 2006 Malibu LT?

Hi,
I can not find the dipstick in my 2006 Malibu LT.
So, How can we Check and change tansmission fluid for 2006 Malibu LT? Just drop the pan, drain the fluid and replace the filter? If so, How much fluid should we refill?
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Old 05-18-2007, 11:08 AM
 
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Default RE: How do we Check and change tansmission fluid for 2006 Malibu LT?

you dont there is not one, you have to pull the pan off, It dont need servicing unless something is wrong....if you have issues go to dealer, again you cant check it. its 'maintence free' dont do anything unless someting is wrong....

do your guys salespeople not explain anything to you...??
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Old 05-18-2007, 01:53 PM
 
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Default RE: How do we Check and change tansmission fluid for 2006 Malibu LT?

Thank you for your reply.
You mean there is no way to check the transmission fluid on my 2006 Malibu LT?

I plan to pull off the pan, drain the fluid and replace the filter every 30k mlies myselft. But the problem is I do not know how much fluid should I refill after pulling the pan.
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Old 05-18-2007, 03:31 PM
 
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Default RE: How do we Check and change tansmission fluid for 2006 Malibu LT?

correct.....they are 'no maintence' trannies, you dont touch them unless something breaks, If you feel you must, there is a procedure, and I do mean procedure.....

you need a level hoist or some way to get under the car while it is running and level, get teh car to operating temp.....raise it, go under on the right hand side of the transaxle there is a drain plug, with the car RUNNING, remove this plug fluid should just trickle out of it....if the car is cold it will pour out of it.....bear in mind if you change your own fluid and not take it in to have it flushed it will NOT drain the torque converter, thus all that fluid is recycled with the 4.7 litres you put in.......oh ya it takes about 4.7 litres for just the tranny, most likely be easier for you to pay the hour shop rate and have them do it....then you get all 11 litres changed make sure you tell them to flush it.
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1990 YJ Lifted Locked and always muddy, posi loc, 33s TSLs, weber carb. drop tailgate...
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Old 05-18-2007, 05:07 PM
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Default RE: How do we Check and change tansmission fluid for 2006 Malibu LT?

It's the same deal on my 99 Malibu , no dip stick and supposed fluid life of 120000km ( 72000 miles ) with no maintenance.

The dealership told my better half you don't need to touch the fluid until the mileage posted ... the tranny slips at around that mileage ... so what they mean to say is the fluid will be changed when the tranny is replaced.
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Old 05-18-2007, 06:31 PM
 
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Default RE: How do we Check and change tansmission fluid for 2006 Malibu LT?

Is not it too late to maintain the tranny untill something breaks?
What does the 4.7 litres mean? You mean that I should put 4.7 litres in after I drop the pan and replace the filter? I do not think there is any drain plug, It might be the check hole which I did not even find it. I just find the refill hole. I know it will not drain the fluid in the torque converter, But if I drain the fluid every 30k miles, It will be enough. The manual ask to change the fluid every 50k miles under heavy driving condiction, like city driving. But flush is bad for a 75k miles or higher vehicle. My Malibu is only 32k miles now, but what should we do later? So I think drop the pan is better. My problem is I do not know how much fluid should I add after I drop the pan, drain the fluid and replace the filter. My manual says:
Automatic Transaxle Complete Overhaul
Automatic Transaxle 4T45-E 6.9 qt 6.5L
Automatic Transaxle 4T65-E 7.4 qt 7.0L
What does this mean?
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correct.....they are 'no maintence' trannies, you dont touch them unless something breaks, If you feel you must, there is a procedure, and I do mean procedure.....

you need a level hoist or some way to get under the car while it is running and level, get teh car to operating temp.....raise it, go under on the right hand side of the transaxle there is a drain plug, with the car RUNNING, remove this plug fluid should just trickle out of it....if the car is cold it will pour out of it.....bear in mind if you change your own fluid and not take it in to have it flushed it will NOT drain the torque converter, thus all that fluid is recycled with the 4.7 litres you put in.......oh ya it takes about 4.7 litres for just the tranny, most likely be easier for you to pay the hour shop rate and have them do it....then you get all 11 litres changed make sure you tell them to flush it.
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Default RE: How do we Check and change tansmission fluid for 2006 Malibu LT?

Just drop the pan to drain the fluid and measure what was drained and put that amount back in.

So for example if you drained 4 qts put in 4 qts.
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Old 05-19-2007, 10:48 AM
 
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Default RE: How do we Check and change tansmission fluid for 2006 Malibu LT?

it should take around 4.7 litres...Im in Canada so I dont know your quarts, if the torque converter and everyting is drained it will take arounc 11 litres.

And yes it is a check hole, my bad in my saying drain plug, I get confused sometimes as well, Im kinda on your side I think it is not a very smart idea for GM to not put a dipstick and a easy way of changing your own fluid. but such is life....it is not a drain plug, it is a check hole.

the 4T45-E is the tranny in the Malibu LS, LT, and LTZ models

the 4T65-E is the SS models like mine is is heavier duty and only 4 speed but handles higher torque shifts
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Old 05-19-2007, 03:55 PM
 
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Default RE: How do we Check and change tansmission fluid for 2006 Malibu LT?

Thank you so much.

You mean for 4T45-E should take around 4.7 litres?

Thank you golfer I also will measure the fluid when I drop the pan to drain the fluid.

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it should take around 4.7 litres...Im in Canada so I dont know your quarts, if the torque converter and everyting is drained it will take arounc 11 litres.

And yes it is a check hole, my bad in my saying drain plug, I get confused sometimes as well, Im kinda on your side I think it is not a very smart idea for GM to not put a dipstick and a easy way of changing your own fluid. but such is life....it is not a drain plug, it is a check hole.

the 4T45-E is the tranny in the Malibu LS, LT, and LTZ models

the 4T65-E is the SS models like mine is is heavier duty and only 4 speed but handles higher torque shifts
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Default RE: How do we Check and change tansmission fluid for 2006 Malibu LT?

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Thank you so much.

You mean for 4T45-E should take around 4.7 litres?

Thank you golfer I also will measure the fluid when I drop the pan to drain the fluid.
yes
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