GMC Savana Transmission Fluid

GMC Savana work van

The GMC Savana Van is a full-sized commercial van produced by General Motors.

It is available in both passenger and cargo configurations, and offers a range of engine options including a V8 gas engine and a diesel engine.

The Savana Van is known for its spacious interior, making it a popular choice for businesses that need to transport large groups of people or large amounts of cargo.

It also features a durable design, making it suitable for heavy-duty usage.

In order to keep your GMC Savana going from job to job, it’s important to make sure your transmission is in good shape.  

Learn how to maintain your GMC Savana van’s transmission fluid to keep your workhorse going for as long as possible!

What Type of Fluid Does a GMC Savana Use?

Depending on the transmission the comes in your GMC Savana, the transmission fluid is pretty consistent. Since the GMC Savana

has a 4l60e4l80e6l80, or 8l90 transmission, it will take either Dexron 3 or Dexron 6

However, if you have a Duramax powered van, it will come equipped with an Allison 1000 transmission, which uses TranSynd transmission fluid.

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. 

GMC Savana Transmission Fluid Capacity

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

Here are the capacities by transmission that come in a GMC Savana 

  • 4l60e: 11.5 quarts

How To Check GMC Savana Transmission Fluid

Checking transmission fluid in a GMC Savana 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 GMC Savana

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

GMC Savana Transmission Fluid Change

The beauty of the GMC Savana like most GM vehicles is that it is easy to maintain, making them great vehicles for the average DIYer.  The GMC Savana 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 GMC Savana.

How Often Should You Change Transmission Fluid In A GMC Savana?

The common automatic transmission fluid change interval for the GMC Savana 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 GMC Savana 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


GMC Savana Transmission Fluid Temperature 

The ideal transmission temperature for your GMC Savana 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 GMC Savana’s transmission to last at a given temperature.

Transmission Fluid Temperature Chart

Get A Transmission Cooler For Your GMC Savana

Looking to lower the transmission fluid in your GMC Savana? 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 GMC Savana to keep transmission temperatures down.