The Chevy Astro is a minivan produced by Chevrolet from 1985 to 2005. It was known for its spacious interior and versatility, with options for seating up to seven passengers and plenty of storage space.
The Astro also offered all-wheel drive for added traction and stability in inclement weather. It was powered by a V6 engine and offered both manual and automatic transmission options.
Overall, the Astro was a popular choice for families and small businesses looking for a reliable and practical vehicle.
Keep your Chevy Astro going longer with the help of proper transmission fluid maintenance. Learn more about how to keep your Astro’s transmission healthy!
What Type of Fluid Does a Chevrolet Astro Use?
Depending on the transmission the comes in your Chevrolet Astro, the transmission fluid is pretty consistent. Since the Chevrolet Astro has a 4l60e transmission, it will take either Dexron 3 or Dexron 6.
The great thing about Dexron transmission fluid is that you can use Dex VI in older GM transmissions that call for Dex III.
These transmission fluids are common in most GM vehicles.
Chevrolet Astro Transmission Fluid Capacity
The fluid capacity of your Chevrolet Astro depends on what automatic transmission you have. In most cases, your Chevrolet Astro’s transmission fluid capacity is anywhere from 10-14 quarts.
Here are the capacities by transmission that come in a Chevrolet Astro
- 4l60e: 11.5 quarts
How To Check Chevrolet Astro Transmission Fluid
Checking transmission fluid in a Chevrolet Astro is simple and quick to do. It’s always recommended that you check transmission fluid when the vehicle is on and in park on a flat surface.
How To Add Transmission Fluid To Chevrolet Astro
Adding transmission fluid to your Chevrolet Astro is a done by filling transmission fluid through the transmission dipstick tube, which is located on the passenger side near the firewall.
When adding transmission fluid to your Chevrolet Astro, it is important to make sure you have the correct level, as mentioned before.
Chevrolet Astro Transmission Fluid Change
The beauty of the Chevrolet Astro like most GM vehicles is that it is easy to maintain, making them great vehicles for the average DIYer. The Chevrolet Astro was designed for ease of use, making transmission fluid changes an easy task for the average weekend mechanic.
This video below shows step by step how to change the transmission fluid on your Chevrolet Astro.
How Often Should You Change Transmission Fluid In A Chevrolet Astro?
The common automatic transmission fluid change interval for the Chevrolet Astro is every 30,000-60,000 miles depending on condition of the fluid.
For “severe” use such as towing often, hauling heavy weight, or sitting in stop and go traffic, it’s better to change the fluid every 30-45,000 miles.
The best indicator to determine how often to change transmission fluid in your Chevrolet Astro is by looking at the transmission fluid every so often to see what condition it’s in. In the fluid color chart below you will see how transmission fluid gets darker over time die to wear and overheating.
Chevrolet Astro Transmission Fluid Temperature
The ideal transmission temperature for your Chevrolet Astro when fully warm is in the 150 – 180 degree range. This is a safe transmission temperature that will allow for tens of thousands of miles of fluid life.
The transmission temperature chart below shows how long you can expect your Chevrolet Astro’s transmission to last at a given temperature.
Get A Transmission Cooler For Your Chevrolet Astro
Looking to lower the transmission fluid in your Chevrolet Astro? Install a transmission cooler! Our helpful transmission cooler buyer’s guide gives you all the information you need to install a transmission cooler and find the right one for your needs.
In our recommendation, a medium sized plate and fin or stacked plate style cooler would be best for your Chevrolet Astro to keep transmission temperatures down.