How Much Transmission Fluid Does a 4l60e Hold

Here is the answer to how much transmission fluid does an automatic transmission 4160e hold and other essential answers to some relevant questions about 4160e and Transmission.

What is 4l60e means?

The 4L60E (and the related 4L65E) is a series of General Motors automatic transmissions that feature a shift lever and a inch torque converter. These transmissions are responsible for shifting gears in a vehicle.

The series includes 4 forward gears, designed for automatic transmissions and manual transmission, and 1 reverse gear. It is specifically designed for longitudinal engine configurations and comes with a transmission case and shift lever.

What vehicles use the 4l60e transmission?

Cadillac Escalade GMC Canyon, 2004-2012 Chevrolet S-10 Blazer, 1994-2005
Cadillac Escalade EXT GMC Envoy, 2003-2009 Chevrolet Camaro, 1994–2001
Chevrolet Corvette, 2005 only GMC Jimmy, 1993-2005 Chevrolet Caprice, 1994-1996
Chevrolet Silverado SS GMC Safari, 1993-2005 Chevrolet C/K, 1993-2000
GMC Sierra Denali GMC Savana, 2003-2013 Chevrolet Colorado, 2004-2012
GMC Yukon Denali GMC Sierra, 1500-2500 (2500 with 6 bolt axle pattern) Chevrolet Corvette, 1994–2004
Holden Commodore, VZ 6.0 only GMC Sonoma, 1994-2005 Chevrolet Express, 2003-2012
Holden Crewman, 2004 only GMC Yukon Chevrolet Impala SS, 1994–1996
Holden One Tonner, 2004 only GMC Yukon XL Denali Chevrolet S-10, 1994-2005
HSV Clubsport VZ GMC Vandura, 1993-1996 Chevrolet Silverado 1500-2500
Hummer H2    

How much transmission fluid does a 4l60e hold?

4l60e fluid capacity

The 4L60e’s fluid volume is 12 quarts (dry) of transmission fluid. This volume is based on a stock vehicle, with a 12-quart torque converter and a shallow transmission pan. The ability of the truck to hold additional fluid will range from an extra quart or more with a deep pan. It is important to drain the fluid properly.

Most passenger vehicles take from 12 to 16 quarts of transmission fluid, but the model of the vehicle dictates the type and how much. While many vehicles come with a dipstick to check the transmission fluid, there are other models that do not.

How many quarts of transmission fluid do you put in a torque converter?

When installing the converter onto the transmission, please pour approximately one quart of ATF (automatic transmission fluid) into the converter before installing it into the transmission.

Finish the installation of the transmission. When finished, install four quarts of Dexron ATF in the truck transmission. Start the engine and immediately add two more quarts. Now, you can add additional fluid to fill the transmission.

How do you check automatic transmission fluid?

To check your automatic transmission fluid, follow these steps:

  • Pull out the dipstick. With the gearshift in Neutral or Park and the parking brake on, let your engine run.
  • Check the fluid.
  • Wipe the dipstick with a clean, lint-free rag; then reinsert it and pull it out again.


What Type of Transmission Fluid Does The 4l60e Use?

In 2006, GM superseded Dexron III with Dexron VI as the recommended transmission fluid type. Dexron VI is backward compatible with the earlier versions, ensuring proper transmission fluid for vehicles. The transmission typically accepts a 6.3-quart fill.

Other Compatible Transmission Fluid for 4160e?

  • Royal Purple Max ATF.
  • Valvoline MaxLife.
  • Castrol Transmax.

How do I know what transmission I have?

Open the driver’s side door to see a white card covered with tiny black lettering on the side of the door. Specific details of the year the car was built, its transmission, engine specs, and other details are included in this card. There will be a number code underneath or beside the ‘TR’ sign.

Can you put a 4l65e in place of a 4l60e?

As they use a separate torque converter and input shaft, they are not fully compatible with the 4L60E. … But if a 4L65E is to be used, make sure you have the 300 mm torque converter with it.

Should I Flush My 4l60e?

Here is a complete topic of when and what circumstances occurred when needs of transmission fluid.

Signs You Need a Coolant Flush

How to know if your Transmission is overfilled?

  • Under the transmission, there’s a puddle of fluid forming. Make sure you search for leaks on the seals of the transmission.
  • You can’t properly shift. Typically this is a sign of foamy fluid.
  • Your engine overheats, and pressure is not negated by the transmission fluid.

Best Overall ATF

Valvoline DEX/MERC (ATF) Automatic Transmission Fluid

Price: $20.54 1 GA

  • Formulated with premium base stocks and advanced additive technology to meet the challenging demands of automatic transmissions
  • Enhanced anti-shudder protection for smooth shifting and maximum power transfer
  • Developed with anti-wear technology to help improve transmission durability
  • Engineered with a proprietary blend of base oils and advanced additives to provide better oil flow at low temperatures and greater film protection at higher temperatures


  • Good for all temperatures
  • High wear and friction protection
  • Long term protection
  • Anti-shudder tech


  • A little on the thin side

Should I Change Transmission Fluid after 100k Miles


Price: $22.32 1 GA

  • This option meets DEXRON-III H requirements, plus it satisfies requirements of DEXRON, DEXRON-III, IIE and II, as well as Mercon requirements too.
  • Provides exceptional protection against long term wear, as well as friction, this enhancing the lifespan of transmissions.
  • It is not the best for cold weather conditions, it does perform very well in hotter temperatures and is specifically designed for city and highway driving.


  • Suitable for many vehicles
  • Exceptional protection and lifespan increase
  • Ideal for warm conditions
  • Good for city and highway


  • Expensive
  • Not recommended for cold climate

Royal Purple Max ATF

Price: $15.99 1 QT

  • Extends the life of your transmission
  • High performance automatic transmission fluid
  • High film strength helps to dramatically reduce heat and wear


  • Best for a variety of transmissions
  • Great protection
  • Responsive and smooth shifting


  • Not the best for fuel economy
  • Very Expensive

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