by Johnathan Cronk
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Transmission fluid is essential to the performance of your 2002 Saturn Vue as it keeps the Vue’s transmission running smoothly and provides proper lubrication for the transmission’s gears and components. Checking the transmission fluid in your Vue is a simple task that anyone can do in their own driveway (yes, that is, it’s a level driveway). It is important to check the Vue automatic transmission fluid, commonly known as ATF, every time you check the engine oil in your Vue.
Be sure to drive your Vue for several minutes; You should always check the transmission fluid at operating temperature, before checking the transmission fluid level. This is ideal for getting the correct fluid measurement.
Open the hood of the vehicle and locate the dipstick labeled “ATF.” The dipstick is red in color and is located on the driver’s side of the vehicle, this makes it easily distinguishable from the engine oil dipstick.
Remove the dipstick from the filler neck and wipe it clean. Reinsert the dipstick, making sure it is fully seated in the filler neck with the dipstick cap fully seated in the mouth of the filler neck. Remove the dipstick one more time. Read the ATF measurement on the dipstick. You will notice two lines, “complete” and “add”. The reddish transmission fluid should be between these two lines (some dipsticks may have two holes instead of lines).
Pour the recommended type of transmission fluid into the filler neck, using a funnel, if necessary, and recheck the level. Repeat until the liquid level is in the acceptable range.
- If there is no transmission fluid on the dipstick, your transmission fluid level is dangerously low.