I have an old 2002 Chevy Malibu and the transmission just went bad. The shop I had it towed to said that the fluid was low/empty. From what I understand the transmission system is sealed, so it requires some extra work in order to check the transmission fluid level. I had the car regularly serviced and was always told that all vital fluids were being checked. Is anyone familiar with the 2002 Chevy Malibu and whether this is accurate? Do most service shops check the transmission fluid when there is not a dipstick to check it with? Thanks.