How to Troubleshoot the Transmission in a 1995 Chevy

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The transmission on your 1995 Chevy could eventually start to slip gears. You might think you have to take the car to the transmission shop if this happens to you. Actually, you can do some basic troubleshooting at home. You may be able to avoid a costly trip to the shop. It will take you a couple of hours to troubleshoot your 1995 Chevy's transmission.

Things You'll Need

  • Car keys
  • Old rag
  • Light
  • Check the spot area where you park your Chevy overnight. If there is a spot of red fluid, then you have a transmission leak. A leak of transmission fluid can lead to a broken transmission.

  • Take your Chevy out for a drive to heat up the transmission. Park the vehicle and let it remain running. Pop up the hood and find the transmission dipstick. It will be located on the side of the engine near the rear firewall.

  • Pull the dipstick out and clean it off with the old rag. Put the dipstick back in and take it back out right away. Examine the level of the transmission fluid. If the transmission fluid is low then add fluid. Low fluid is a major cause of transmission failure.

  • Make sure that the fluid is clean. If the fluid is dirty and smells burnt, then it needs to be changed.

  • Turn off your Chevy and let it cool down for a couple of hours.

  • Shimmy yourself under your Chevy and find the transmission. The transmission is connected right behind the engine. Use the light to find any leaks, broken wires or parts that have come loose.

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References

  • Sam Smith; La Brea Tire; Los Angeles, California
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