: how to check transmission fluid level?



cadillacdriver25
04-15-11, 11:03 PM
hello

how can I check the transmission fluid level on my 2005 STS V8? On my 99 STS it is very easy..!

dkozloski
04-15-11, 11:29 PM
It's a very involved process involving having the car up on a lift, leveled, with the engine running, and removing the transmission filler plug. There is no dipstick.

onlyuscars
04-16-11, 08:34 AM
I am at 52,000 miles. I know the service recommendations for the drivetrain, but am looking for opinions here. I have done tranny fluid, pan gaskets, and filters before, but that was in a garage with a pit. Lack of equipment and time leave me at the counter. I can probably still do the rear-end myself with a drill pump, if it has a regular plug.

Will the dealer drop the pan and change filters or just cycle the fluid through like a jiffy lube? These things have made a huge difference at about this interval in previously owned cars, will they here?

STS guy
04-16-11, 09:29 AM
Cadillac REALLY missed the boat on this one. An STS is supposed to be a enthusiast's car, however, the enthusiast cannot check the tranny fluid?? A true enthusiast enjoys doing stuff like checking the tranny, oil level, etc. C'mon Caddy pull your head out of the dark place and make cars that appeal to market you are targeting, not ones that fatten the dealers coffers.

dkozloski
04-16-11, 10:46 AM
Cadillac REALLY missed the boat on this one. An STS is supposed to be a enthusiast's car, however, the enthusiast cannot check the tranny fluid?? A true enthusiast enjoys doing stuff like checking the tranny, oil level, etc. C'mon Caddy pull your head out of the dark place and make cars that appeal to market you are targeting, not ones that fatten the dealers coffers.

Cadillac found that a major source of transmission trouble was dirt introduced into the transmission by well meaning tinkering owners. Transmissions are now assembled in a special clean room and sealed. No service is required or desireable for the first 100,000 miles.

z06bigbird
04-16-11, 12:06 PM
Cadillac REALLY missed the boat on this one. An STS is supposed to be a enthusiast's car, however, the enthusiast cannot check the tranny fluid?? A true enthusiast enjoys doing stuff like checking the tranny, oil level, etc. C'mon Caddy pull your head out of the dark place and make cars that appeal to market you are targeting, not ones that fatten the dealers coffers.

If Caddy missed the boat, then so did Rolls, BMW, Mercedes, Jag, and a few other lux vehicles.

Sealed engines and transmissions with those brands--since 2007, some earlier.

Now again, who was it that missed the boat??!! Maybe we just miss the dipsticks!! Certainly, if it is very very dark in some places, then ....

cadillacdriver25
04-18-11, 03:43 PM
okay thx :)

yes thats true... germany brands also dont have a dipstick. just wanted to get sure because my 99 had it:)

onlyuscars
04-18-11, 08:28 PM
2004 Lincoln Aviator = sealed tranny also.

nguyennhatquang
04-18-11, 09:00 PM
i think it have sensor to check the fluid level. if u replace the fluid i have some photos for it. but i recomend 50.000 miles less than the manufacturer suggested and AMSOIL synthetic. u'll see alot of diffirent when it shift
http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g228/quangty/Screenshot2011-04-18at75538PM.jpg
http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g228/quangty/Screenshot2011-04-18at75512PM.jpg

STS guy
04-19-11, 08:42 AM
O.K. I did not realize the "reason" or that other lux brands do the same thing (fatten the invoices) for their dealers. SEALED ENGINES?????? Whoa!!!!

STS guy

sgossett86
04-30-15, 03:44 AM
2006 cadillac sts4 v6.123000miles
hands down the worst car I've ever owned!
BUYER BEWARE. DO NOT PURCHASE.
second owner...
burns a quart of oil every thousand miles.
electronic sensored driver door handle doesn't work. Must use key to open door.
"Service stability system" light comes on whenever it wants. Sometimes the car's brakes will lock up when making a hard turn while driving slow!
Low pressure power steering line began leaking... started pouring fluid and burned out the power steering pump within 300 miles even though the fluid only ran out for a few miles.
I used the auto stick feature and downshifted.... now the trans don't even shift into gear properly.
This car is junk. It's a money pit and it's An insult. Just a way for dealers to make money. The auto shift feature is pretty much non responsive to begin with.
I can see why they stopped making these, and I can see why GM went bankrupt.
Ridiculous!
Do not make the investment into an sts. It is not a good investment!

Boat
04-30-15, 09:52 AM
2006 cadillac sts4 v6.123000miles
hands down the worst car I've ever owned!
BUYER BEWARE. DO NOT PURCHASE.
second owner...

Best car I've ever owned.


burns a quart of oil every thousand miles.

V6 common issue. Can be remedied to burn less.


electronic sensored driver door handle doesn't work. Must use key to open door.

Another common failure point, fix is under $100.


"Service stability system" light comes on whenever it wants. Sometimes the car's brakes will lock up when making a hard turn while driving slow!

Wheel speed sensor is my guess. Replace wheel hub assembly.


Low pressure power steering line began leaking... started pouring fluid and burned out the power steering pump within 300 miles even though the fluid only ran out for a few miles.

300 miles on a low PS system, then another few miles on it dry...this one isn't hard to figure out.


I used the auto stick feature and downshifted.... now the trans don't even shift into gear properly.

Need further information on this.


This car is junk. It's a money pit and it's An insult. Just a way for dealers to make money. The auto shift feature is pretty much non responsive to begin with.
I can see why they stopped making these, and I can see why GM went bankrupt.
Ridiculous!
Do not make the investment into an sts. It is not a good investment!

To put it nicely...treat the car right and it'll treat you right.

dkozloski
04-30-15, 01:24 PM
Some people just shouldn't own "sheenery".

KRSTS
04-30-15, 01:52 PM
I have owned my 08 STS for seven years and I was thinking: Considering the styling, power, handling, size and features, Cadillac has not made as good a car before or since. I love my STS:worship:

framedforlife
04-30-15, 05:16 PM
2006 cadillac sts4 v6.123000miles
hands down the worst car I've ever owned!
BUYER BEWARE. DO NOT PURCHASE.
second owner...
burns a quart of oil every thousand miles.
electronic sensored driver door handle doesn't work. Must use key to open door.
"Service stability system" light comes on whenever it wants. Sometimes the car's brakes will lock up when making a hard turn while driving slow!
Low pressure power steering line began leaking... started pouring fluid and burned out the power steering pump within 300 miles even though the fluid only ran out for a few miles.
I used the auto stick feature and downshifted.... now the trans don't even shift into gear properly.
This car is junk. It's a money pit and it's An insult. Just a way for dealers to make money. The auto shift feature is pretty much non responsive to begin with.
I can see why they stopped making these, and I can see why GM went bankrupt.
Ridiculous!
Do not make the investment into an sts. It is not a good investment!
The Best Car I ever Owned, I have the v6 but I bought one off a older person trading it in at a dealer so my DOES NOT BURN OIL,Yet.

nwjones18
04-30-15, 07:46 PM
Honestly I've had to do more work on my STS than any other car I've had that was under 100k miles.. but I still like it. As far as the ATF goes I do all of my own mechanic work and I took one look at the fill/drain plugs along with the level checking procedure and I took my car to a shop I trust and had them do a pan drop/filter change at 95k. Got about 5 qts of fluid replaced in the process. In 30k or so I think I'll probably take it to the dealer and have them do a flush which runs around $175 and never think about ATF again in this car.

kiewee3
04-30-15, 09:31 PM
Can anyone get me the GM part #'s for a 2005 Cadillac sts drain plug and a fill level plug? I can't seem to find the number online.
Thanks