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I have 75k miles on my 2012 equinox and going to take it to the dealer for the transmission fluid to be changed for the first time, i think i am over. Just wondering if anyone else had this done, and how much did they charge. Also should i get the AWD transfer case fluid changed too?
 

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try repairpal.com

.....by zipcode, how good the site is probably depends on where you live or will get the work done.

..might give you a ballpark estimate anyway.......
 

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You may not be over, the book says change it at 50,000 for severe driving conditions (towing, lots of hills, deliver/cab driving). If it's just normal driving conditions you can go 100,000. However I decide to be proactive and changed it out at 60,000. I checked with my dealer and they wanted $210.00. I found a transmission shop in town that would of done it for $90.00. But after reading the forums I found out that GM only requires a drain and fill so I ended up doing it my self for $50.00 in fluid and parts. It was easier than changing the oil.

The book also does say you should probably change the transfer case fluid around the time you do the tranny.
 

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You may not be over, the book says change it at 50,000 for severe driving conditions (towing, lots of hills, deliver/cab driving). If it's just normal driving conditions you can go 100,000. However I decide to be proactive and changed it out at 60,000. I checked with my dealer and they wanted $210.00. I found a transmission shop in town that would of done it for $90.00. But after reading the forums I found out that GM only requires a drain and fill so I ended up doing it my self for $50.00 in fluid and parts. It was easier than changing the oil.

The book also does say you should probably change the transfer case fluid around the time you do the tranny.
just remember the trans holds about 11 qts.
when you drain- only about 5 qts comes out. (the rest is in the trans cooler, torque converter, lines).
thats why many of us drain, and drive for a week. then drain again. Just to get more of the fluid out.


Now if you do drain/refills early on with lower mileage-- you can get by doing just 1 drain/refill--- and simply keeping the fluid fresh and clean.
 

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it is tempting to it myself. just do not want to mess it up. i am sending it to the dealer. i need a oil change anyway and they give free oil changes.

really annoying how the 4cyl does not have a dipstick. it was such an easy job on my 3.6 impala, drain, fill, check lol
 

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I have a dipstick--

(from the manual).
It is not necessary to check the
transmission fluid level.
A transmission fluid leak is the only
reason for fluid loss.



Since I have no loss (dripping on my driveway)-or fluid splattered under the chassis---- I dont really do the elaborate dipstick check on the trans.


I drain..... and simply refill with 5.3 qts... as per the manual.

If I had the model without the dipstick... id simply refill it....

When I drain trans and engine oil, I always refill the bottles with the used fluid--- and I get a good idea of how much fluid comes out.
Trans drains 5.x qts....
 

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I agree, I prefer having a dipstick. However, filling up the 4 cylinder seems so easy. Just pull the top plug out, then keep pouring the fluid until it seeps out the top hole. No need to keep re-measuring, re-filling, etc with the dipstick.
I prefer the dipstick cuz it means I won't need to crawl underneath is all, haha. :cheers:

that is the first time i heard about the top plug on the equinox trans! i am familiar with that system but nowhere did i read that such a thing existed on the equinox trans!!! everwhere i read about the equinox trans just says go to the dealer lol
 

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that is the first time i heard about the top plug on the equinox trans! i am familiar with that system but nowhere did i read that such a thing existed on the equinox trans!!! everwhere i read about the equinox trans just says go to the dealer lol

" Just pull the top plug out, then keep pouring the fluid until it seeps out the top hole."
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Not clear which "plug".

The Equinox 4 cylinder models use the same 6T40/45 transmissions as in the link below.

There is a top "cap/hole" . . . but I do not think you want to fill it till it starts coming out of that orifice.

LINK: - -[/color] http://rpm.cielus.net/wp/index.php/2015/10/20/transmission-fluid-level-check-on-6t35-6t40-6t45-cruze-sonic-astra/

There is a threaded inspection bolt/plug on the lower side of the transmission under the car and usually you want to fill till the fluid is just level with that bolt/plug removed and on a very level surface. The fluid should barely start to flow out of the bolt hole. See the yellow circle in the supplied picture below.

Better be sure on this one because over filling can be just as bad and running empty after a long time.

:cheers: - - -- - - - - :cheers:

LINK TO Video ON HOW TO FILL and CHECK Trans Fluid LEVEL: = = [/color]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEBqBMnwebs
 

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rbarrios said:
just remember the trans holds about 11 qts.
when you drain- only about 5 qts comes out. (the rest is in the trans cooler, torque converter, lines).
thats why many of us drain, and drive for a week. then drain again. Just to get more of the fluid out.


Now if you do drain/refills early on with lower mileage-- you can get by doing just 1 drain/refill--- and simply keeping the fluid fresh and clean.
Yes I drained and filed twice for that reason. Mathematically that should get around 75% of the old fluid out. Which was good enough for me.
 

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I can't see the original post anymore, but I thought that plug on the side of the trans was what the poster meant. GM has skipped on the dip stick on several models, and it was this way on my brother and sister's Alero and Grand AM. You had to remove that plug from the side of the trans, and fill till it started to run out.

Since I can't see the conversation any more, I really want to make sure we have this correct for all the 4 cyl owners.
 

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yeah i have been given mis information on forums before, i was going to check the top plug theory before doing anything haha.

good to know it can be done, but since its going to the dealer anyway, i think i will have them deal with it.

thanks for everyone for the help!
 

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The information posted was ambiguous and unclear.

If you watch the YouTube video I posted earlier, the transmission fluid is filled through the "Top Plug" (BLUE in Diagram)[/color] or cap on top of the transmission. . . . not the side mounted viewing bolt/port (Yellow Circle [/color]in Diagram). I corrected what was not made clear and confusing to any reader. If the side mounted bolt was meant, it is threaded and can not be "pulled out". It must be unscrewed. So that also is unclear.

The fluid level is checked [/color]via a lower side mounted threaded bolt[/color] that is removed to inspect the fluid level and allow filling from the "Top" plug or cap[/color] (Blue[/color] in Diagram).
The fluid is filled via the top cap in the video. . .. not [/color]the side mounted level inspection port (Yellow Circle [/color]in Diagram).

Nevertheless, when providing information such as this; a clear description and/or a diagram and exact location is wise for accurate communication of the facts. Misinformation can be costly to future readers without clarity of what is meant.

Here are the previous diagram and supplied LINKS again. . . :


LINK: - -[/color] http://rpm.cielus.net/wp/index.php/2015/10/20/transmission-fluid-level-check-on-6t35-6t40-6t45-cruze-sonic-astra/


LINK: - - -[/color]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEBqBMnwebs
 

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Buggsy said:
I can't see the original post anymore, but I thought that plug on the side of the trans was what the poster meant. GM has skipped on the dip stick on several models, and it was this way on my brother and sister's Alero and Grand AM. You had to remove that plug from the side of the trans, and fill till it started to run out.

Since I can't see the conversation any more, I really want to make sure we have this correct for all the 4 cyl owners.
It is different now. The fluid is filled from a top mounted plastic cap as shown in the YouTube video. This is easier than trying to repeatedly put a filling tube in and out of the side bolt covered fluid level viewing port.
You can fill and check at the same time this way.
 

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No, the Alero and Grand Am were the same thing as the video shows. They had a top fill cap, no dip stick, and a side port to check level on.

Thanks though for clarifying it.
 

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No, the Alero and Grand Am were the same thing as the video shows. They had a top fill cap, no dip stick, and a side port to check level on.

Thanks though for clarifying it.
Ok. . depending on the year, it might be different. Our Saturn Aura similar, but not exactly the same.

Our 2009 Saturn Aura had a black plastic plug/vent on top of the 6T40. It did not even really unscrew. It had to be partially rotated and pulled or unsnapped off. It had plastic tabs on the inside of the cap. Then you could use it to fill the transmission with fluid. I think later they made it into a threaded removable cap. Either that, or someone replaced the cap on our Aura with an aftermarket part.

Either way, you don't need to fill it via the lower bolt covered side fluid level viewing port.
 

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Not good fellers.

To clean up this thread, I would need to delete several posts or portions of over- sensitive comments in a discussion that coulda/shoulda been feud free. I certainly don't look forward to a need of doing that in future threads.

The key is to refrain from making a reaction in an opposing comment 'personal'. The 'you did this. then I did that'...only causes to fuel the fire. A simple statement of " I disagree with post #(whatever), and here is my explanation of why" should be sufficient.

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To be the end all, see the attached documents from GM. These documents should be permanent so no one gets misinformation.
 

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To be the end all, see the attached documents from GM. These documents should be permanent so no one gets misinformation.
thanks for the information! next time the fluid needs to be changed i will use that. already have the car at the dealer. but had i had that info, i would have done it myself.

my sisters 2008 Saturn Vue 4cyl 2wd also needs a fluid change. if you can, can you get the info for that trans as well? also a non-dipstick trans and i want to be sure which plug is which before i take any off

thanks again!
 

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You may not be over, the book says change it at 50,000 for severe driving conditions (towing, lots of hills, deliver/cab driving). If it's just normal driving conditions you can go 100,000. However I decide to be proactive and changed it out at 60,000. I checked with my dealer and they wanted $210.00. I found a transmission shop in town that would of done it for $90.00. But after reading the forums I found out that GM only requires a drain and fill so I ended up doing it my self for $50.00 in fluid and parts. It was easier than changing the oil.

The book also does say you should probably change the transfer case fluid around the time you do the tranny.
Daedra which book are you talking about? The owners manual?

My 2010 says flush at 50-100k.
 
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