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#1 BowTieDude

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Posted 23 June 2009 - 08:31 AM

So, I had a transmission shop in my area do a fluid and filter change on my truck (2000 Silverado, 5.3 & 4l60e). Then, a couple days later I checked the fluid level and it's overfilled. If I perform the cold check as outlined in the manual, it's about a half inch above the top of the HOT fill area on the dipstick (keep in mind the trans is cold at this point). If I do the check when the trans is hot, it's about an inch and a half above the HOT area. How bad is this for the trans do you think? Should I try to remove some fluid? I have called the shop and they said they don't go by the dipstick. That they know how much fluid every pan holds, and thats what they put back in when they service one, and not to worry about what the dipstick shows. What should I do?
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Posted 23 June 2009 - 08:43 AM

Bring it back to them. You should of done that the first time you checked it, it's there job and they are human. Very short term it should not do any damage

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Posted 23 June 2009 - 10:30 AM

Bring it back to them. You should of done that the first time you checked it, it's there job and they are human. Very short term it should not do any damage


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Posted 23 June 2009 - 11:03 AM

Bring it back to them. You should of done that the first time you checked it, it's there job and they are human. Very short term it should not do any damage


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Posted 23 June 2009 - 12:41 PM

Go by the dpistick, and only the dipstick. They are human, and could easily overfill it, especially from a drum, or think this takes 8 quarts, when it takes 6 or whatever. GM went to a lot of trouble to get that dipstick right for hot and cold temps, and it has been working right for 30 years. Check it after running at high speeds, and I bet you will see some foam on it. Foam is bad for transmissions (and engines).

Like everyone else said....take it back to the shop.
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Posted 23 June 2009 - 05:23 PM

EVERYTHING on a vehicle is engineered, from the smallest most insignificant item
to the most complex system........including the dipstick!

The don't pay any attention to the dipstick was pretty lame and a blatant blow off....


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Posted 23 June 2009 - 05:38 PM

EVERYTHING on a vehicle is engineered, from the smallest most insignificant item
to the most complex system........including the dipstick!

The don't pay any attention to the dipstick was pretty lame and a blatant blow off....


Take it back.......



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Ok, so who do I get to bitch to for the stupid integrated hitch in the 900s? or the revised headlight housing design (when changing a headlight) or AFM? These things seem to be engineered to function with a purpose, yet to the common man, when it comes to towing with the 900 that have that hitch integrated, that is a tall hitch receiver. Or when a headlight busts (or if I want to install HIDs), that is frustrating. And AFM?!?!: useless crap so much that they should have put all their money in VVT from the start.


Now back to your regularly scheduled thread :thumbs:

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Posted 23 June 2009 - 06:17 PM

What's wrong exactly with the hitch on the 900s Mike? My receiver is pretty much in the same spot as my 2005 Silverado :thumbs:
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Posted 23 June 2009 - 07:10 PM

I would not go back to them to correct the transmission fluid level. I would use a suction plastic pump with about 3 ft of clear vinyl tubing attached (you can buy them for about $ 6 in an auto parts store) to suck some fluid out of the dipstick tube. Otherwise, some dipstick in that place will loosen the transmission oil pan to drain some fluid and your gasket will then leak.

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Posted 23 June 2009 - 09:01 PM

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Posted 23 June 2009 - 10:24 PM

Yeah, good point Pete. It wouldn't be too hard to pull some of the fluid out that way. Just keep pulling out 1/4 qt at a time till the level is right.
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Posted 23 June 2009 - 10:33 PM

So, I had a transmission shop in my area do a fluid and filter change on my truck (2000 Silverado, 5.3 & 4l60e). Then, a couple days later I checked the fluid level and it's overfilled. If I perform the cold check as outlined in the manual, it's about a half inch above the top of the HOT fill area on the dipstick (keep in mind the trans is cold at this point). If I do the check when the trans is hot, it's about an inch and a half above the HOT area. How bad is this for the trans do you think? Should I try to remove some fluid? I have called the shop and they said they don't go by the dipstick. That they know how much fluid every pan holds, and thats what they put back in when they service one, and not to worry about what the dipstick shows. What should I do?



I over fill mine about half inch - ran almost a year - no issue so far thanks GOD, factory gave me the truck with very low (no oil - dip stick wasn't touching the oil level) tranny oil - and made lots of nosie / virbration etc. since its over fill they 're gone. :thumbs:

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Posted 23 June 2009 - 10:37 PM

do what pete says, you'd be fine

Thanks for the tip Pete (pm26).

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Posted 23 June 2009 - 10:38 PM

I would not go back to them to correct the transmission fluid level. I would use a suction plastic pump with about 3 ft of clear vinyl tubing attached (you can buy them for about $ 6 in an auto parts store) to suck some fluid out of the dipstick tube. Otherwise, some dipstick in that place will loosen the transmission oil pan to drain some fluid and your gasket will then leak.



Yeah, I'm so disgusted with the place at this point that I really don't want them touching the truck again. That's a great idea about sucking the fluid out the dipstick tube! I actually bought one of those siphon kits for a $1 at a local tool sale when they were in town a while back. Now if I can just find where I put it, I'll give it a try.

Thanks for the help.

Edited by BowTieDude, 23 June 2009 - 10:39 PM.

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Posted 24 June 2009 - 12:42 AM

What's wrong exactly with the hitch on the 900s Mike? My receiver is pretty much in the same spot as my 2005 Silverado :thumbs:



Sorry Peter, I should have clarified to the Tahoe, Suburban, Yukon, Yukon XL, Escalade, Escalade EXT, Escalade ESV. The way that those hitch receivers are integrated into the bumper makes for a damn clean look but they are too high in comparison to the 900 series trucks.

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