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Old 07-02-2009, 07:57 PM   #1
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Default Transmission fill plug (5spd)

Beside the junk yard and Saturn is there a source for these?
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Old 07-02-2009, 08:05 PM   #2
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There is no transmission fill plug. The transmission is filled through the dipstick. If you're talking about the drain plug, any FLAPS with a good selection of Motormite HELP products should have it.
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Old 07-02-2009, 08:10 PM   #3
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Correct, you use the drain plug to empty the case then you fill it through the dipstick, so there is no fill plug on these transmissions. Just have to go to a part store and match the pitch and thread. Be careful tightening the drain plug as I was told you can crack the case. I just made mine pretty snug.
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Old 07-02-2009, 08:33 PM   #4
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Also, let me just add that on refill. Make sure that you fill it slowly unless you have a vented funnel (but who does) otherwise there will be a pressure differential and the transmission will belch a whole bunch of fluid back up at you.
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Old 07-03-2009, 02:53 PM   #5
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This is not an automatic it has a fill plug with a red handle by the shift linkage and it is made of plastic and rubber. I want to replace it because it no longer fits tightly and may let water in the transmission.
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This is not an automatic it has a fill plug with a red handle by the shift linkage and it is made of plastic and rubber. I want to replace it because it no longer fits tightly and may let water in the transmission.
Technically that is the dipstick for the transmission, although that is also where you fill it up at so it could also be called the fill plug I suppose.
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Old 07-03-2009, 03:34 PM   #7
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Default Re: Transmission fill plug (5spd)

Well i'll be damned! so one of my cars has a dipstick and the other doesn't, explains why it doesnt stay put so well now. I was very careful measuring the ammount of fluid I put in because I thought it was prety stupid to not have a dipstick.

I still need a replacement.
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Pretty sure you'll have to get it from a dealer (or saturnparts.net, which is a dealer that sells parts online), or from a junkyard. I highly doubt there is an aftermarket version.
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Get from a Junk Yard. The dealer is expensive.
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Old 07-03-2009, 06:37 PM   #10
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And we all know that the red handle of the dipstick folds down to tighten it and keep it from coming out? Unlike a regular dipstick, when you fold the red handle down it pulls up the washer on the end, squishing the rubber portion, increasing its diameter and sealing red stuff inside.
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And we all know that the red handle of the dipstick folds down to tighten it and keep it from coming out? Unlike a regular dipstick, when you fold the red handle down it pulls up the washer on the end, squishing the rubber portion, increasing its diameter and sealing red stuff inside.
Mine's loose too like the OP describes.. It needs to be replaced.. Been meaning to find a good one at the JY. all the donor cars I've been visiting (2 leather, ABS, rear disc SL2's) are automatic trans.. no dipstick for me
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Take a regular 5/16 0r 3/8 flat washer, I forget which one fits, and cut a radial slot to the center. Slip the washer between the cam handle and the top and rotate it so the cam handle does not rotate it off the stem. Now its tight again. Much cheaper than any replacement.
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Old Nuc beat me to it.
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