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How to Check and Fill Fluids 00-06 Chevy Suburban 1500

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How to Check and Fill Fluids 00-06 Chevy Suburban 1500

Created on: 2017-03-03

How to check and refill the power steering, brake, and washer fluid, coolant, and engine oil on the 02 Chevy Sububran

  1. step 1 :Checking the Washer Fluid
    • Pull off the washer fluid reservoir cap
    • Fill the reservoir with washer fluid
    • Snap on the washer fluid reservoir cap
  2. step 2 :Checking the Brake Fluid
    • Twist the brake fluid reservoir cap off counterclockwise
    • Check the brake fluid level, using a flashlight if necessary
    • Check that the brake fluid is between the minimum and maximum lines
    • Check that the brake fluid is clear
    • If the brake fluid is murky or dark, drain and refill it
    • Twist the brake fluid reservoir cap on clockwise
  3. step 3 :Checking the Power Steering
    • Twist off the cap and check the level with a flashlight
    • If the power steering fluid smells burnt, is murky or dark, drain and refill it
  4. step 4 :Checking the Coolant
    • Wait for the engine to cool
    • Twist the coolant reservoir cap off counterclockwise
    • Check the coolant level, using a flashlight if necessary
    • Add coolant to the reservoir up to the cold fill line
    • Twist the coolant reservoir cap on tight clockwise
  5. step 5 :Checking the Oil
    • Pull out the oil dipstick
    • Clean off the oil dipstick
    • Insert the oil dipstick
    • Pull out the oil dipstick
    • Check that the oil level is between the low and full marks
    • Insert the oil dipstick
    • Twist the oil fill cap off counterclockwise, to add oil
    • Add oil as necessary
    • Twist the oil cap on clockwise
  6. step 6 :Checking the Transmission Fluid
    • Let the engine reach operating temperature
    • Keeping a foot on the brake, engage each gear for a few seconds to cycle the transmission fluid fully
    • Place the vehicle in park
    • With the vehicle running, remove the transmission dipstick
    • Reinstall and check that the fluid level is near the fill line

Tools needed for replacement

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

    Windshield Washer Fluid

    Brake Fluid

    Transmission Fluid

    Anti-Freeze

    Engine Oil

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In this video we're going to be working with our 2002 Chevy Suburban 5.3 liter V8. We're going to show you how to inspect the level and condition, as well as how to top off all of your vital underhood fluids. Keeping these fluids up top and in good condition will help ensure the performance and longevity of your vehicle.

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Here are the items you'll need for this procedure: gloves, paper towels, flashlight, funnel

Under the hood of your 2002 Suburban with the 5.3 liter V8, you'll find your washer fluid reservoir fill cap right in front of your battery on the driver side. Your brake fluid reservoir here up close to the firewall on the driver side. Your power steering pump camp is on the power steering pump just below the alternator on the driver side. Your automatic transmission dipstick is here, engine oil dipstick just in front of it. Your oil fill cap and filler neck here on the front of the passenger side, and your coolant reservoir over here in the middle of the wheel well on the passenger side.

Open your washer fluid cap and fill the reservoir to capacity. Then reinstall the cover. Remove the cap on your brake fluid reservoir and inspect the level and condition of the fluid. Ours is nice and clear. This is actually because we just replaced all of our brake fluid due to a bad line. It doesn't have to be at the max mark. As long as it's in between the max and the minimum, you're best to not touch it.

The only time you should top off your brake fluid is after you've done all four pads and rotors on it, as the calipers will be fully compressed and all the fluid in the system will be in the reservoir.

Your power steering reservoir is located just below the alternator on the driver side. Remove the cap and wipe the dipstick clean. Then reinstall it fully. Remove it again and check the level. Ours is just a little bit low so we'll need to top it up with the appropriate fluid by pouring it directly into the reservoir and rechecking our level.

Remove the cap on the radiator reservoir only when the engine is cool. If it's hot, do this very slowly, as there's a lot of pressure in there. The max and min levels can be located on the side of the reservoir. We're taking the cap off just to check the condition of our fluid, make sure it's nice and clear and orange. This vehicle uses DEX-COOL, which is the orange coolant. You want to make sure there's no contaminants and debris in there, and that it's the right kind of coolant. Top it up if necessary, and reinstall the cap.

Remove the oil dipstick for the engine and clean it off with a clean rag or paper towel. Reinstall it fully. Remove it and check the level. This little notch is our full mark. Ours is right up top. Reinstall it. If necessary, you can always fill your engine oil from the filler neck right here.

To check your automatic transmission fluid, you'll use this dipstick here. Make sure the vehicle is running in park and at operating temperature. Open the lock, remove it, clean it, put it back in, and check the level the same way you do with your engine oil. If the vehicle needs to be topped off, you can pour the appropriate transmission fluid in the thin funnel right back through the dipstick tube.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

  • Windshield Washer Fluid
  • Brake Fluid
  • Transmission Fluid
  • Anti-Freeze
  • Engine Oil


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