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Old 07-14-2004, 08:21 PM   #1
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Default bubbles on trans fluid dipstick?

I posted an earlier thred regarding my 2000 saturn SL1 (38k miles). The last few times I have checked the trans fluid, I noticed little bubbles on the dipstick and the color is not as red as it should be.

I was wondering if this is a sign that the trans fluid needs to be changed. I thought that trans fluid goes for 100k miles.

My last thred was regarding the the hesitation and slightly rough riding I experience when driving at about 50mph and higher. The problem seems slightly intermittent. I also stalled out several times at very high speeds (65-70mph). Could these bubbles indicate a problem with the transmission? Is air getting into the system?

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Old 07-14-2004, 10:21 PM   #2
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Actually auto trans fluid is a tune up item. So every 30,000 miles with the spark plugs and stuff. If its not a light red anymore, then its time to change it. As in if it looks like blood.

Sorry I dont have any experience with rough running at high speeds...check the usual stuff. Air filter, clean egr, and change out pcv valve.

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Old 07-14-2004, 11:05 PM   #3
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assuming it is a auto, or is it a manual? it may be air or bad fluid. ever use lucas oil?

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Default Re: bubbles on trans fluid dipstick?

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I posted an earlier thred regarding my 2000 saturn SL1 (38k miles). The last few times I have checked the trans fluid, I noticed little bubbles on the dipstick and the color is not as red as it should be.

I was wondering if this is a sign that the trans fluid needs to be changed. I thought that trans fluid goes for 100k miles.

My last thred was regarding the the hesitation and slightly rough riding I experience when driving at about 50mph and higher. The problem seems slightly intermittent. I also stalled out several times at very high speeds (65-70mph). Could these bubbles indicate a problem with the transmission? Is air getting into the system?

Let me know what you think
A little foam on the dipstick is quite normal and no sign of anything "bad"

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Old 07-15-2004, 05:34 AM   #5
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Make sure you fluid is not overfilled. I had this problem with my Cavlier and the bubbles were being caused by there being over a Qt. to much fluid . The fluid level was past the full mark on the stick. It had just came from a transmission shop after being serviced.

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Old 07-15-2004, 06:49 AM   #6
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Auto trans fluid has a change interval of every 30,000 miles.

Doing so will improve transmission life.

One very easy job on Saturn "S" since pan need not come off.

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Use Mobil one synthetic ATF in the tranny, you won't regret it.

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