Chevrolet SSR Transmission Fluid

Chevy SSR

The Chevy SSR (Super Sport Roadster) is a retro-style pickup truck that was manufactured by Chevrolet between 2003 and 2006. It features a convertible hardtop, rear-wheel drive, and a V8 engine.

The SSR was designed to combine the open-air driving experience of a convertible with the utility and ruggedness of a pickup truck. Despite its unique design and strong performance, the SSR was not a commercial success and was discontinued after just three model years.

What Type of Fluid Does a Chevrolet SSR Use?

Since the Chevrolet SSR 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 SSR Transmission Fluid Capacity

The fluid capacity of your Chevrolet SSR depends on what automatic transmission you have. In most cases, your Chevrolet SSR’s transmission fluid capacity is anywhere from 10-14 quarts. 

Here are the capacities by transmission that come in a Chevrolet SSR 

  • 4l60e: 11.5 quarts

How To Check Chevrolet SSR Transmission Fluid

Checking transmission fluid in a Chevrolet SSR 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.

transmission fluid on dipstick showing correct levels

How To Add Transmission Fluid To Chevrolet SSR

Adding transmission fluid to your Chevrolet SSR 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 SSR, it is important to make sure you have the correct level, as mentioned before. 

Chevrolet SSR Transmission Fluid Change

The beauty of the Chevrolet SSR like most GM vehicles is that it is easy to maintain, making them great vehicles for the average DIYer.  The Chevrolet SSR was designed for ease of use, making transmission fluid changes an easy task for the average weekend mechanic. 

How Often Should You Change Transmission Fluid In A Chevrolet SSR?

The common automatic transmission fluid change interval for the Chevrolet SSR 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 SSR 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. 

Transmission Fluid Color Comparison chart


Chevrolet SSR Transmission Fluid Temperature 

The ideal transmission temperature for your Chevrolet SSR 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 SSR’s transmission to last at a given temperature.

Transmission Fluid Temperature Chart

Get A Transmission Cooler For Your Chevrolet SSR

Looking to lower the transmission fluid in your Chevrolet SSR? 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 SSR to keep transmission temperatures down.